Christian Pulisic will continue to train with Borussia Dortmund during this FIFA international playing dates. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
After unveiling a 22-man roster that averages 23 years, 84 days, one player not on the U.S. national team for its March 27 international friendly against Paraguay is conspicuous by his absence — Christian Pulisic.
U.S. national head coach Dave Sarachan felt it was best to leave the 19-year-old midfielder at Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and not disrupt his his rhythm.
“I’ve had conversations with the sporting director at Dortmund and several with Christian personally about the timing of this friendly and where he is professionally at the moment with his club,” Sarachan said. “He’s now feeling confident in playing an important role for Dortmund at a crucial time in their season where they’re trying to lock in qualification for the Champions League.
“They also have a huge match against Bayern Munich on the back end of our match against Paraguay, so, when I factored all of those things together, as much as we wanted him here I felt it best suits the player to continue in the rhythm and form he’s currently in with his club.”
Dortmund, which has been eliminated from the Europa League, meets Bayern March 31.
Pulisic has not played for the U.S. since World Cup qualifying, the 2-1 loss at Trinidad & Tobago Oct. 10, which knocked the Americans out of Russia 2018.