Christian Pulisic will miss the two international friendlies with a muscle injury. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

When the U.S. national team names its roster for any international match these days, sometimes it is more interesting to see who is no there.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic was among the missing after suffering a muscle injury while playing for his Bundesliga club.

The 19-year-old Pulisic, of course, is considered the future of the U.S. men’s squad with his playmaking and ability to penetrate deep into enemy territory with the ball.

“I was excited to have Christian be a part of these games in September,” U.S. national coach Dave Sarachan said. “As we all know too well, injuries happen and you can never predict timing. It’s disappointing that we won’t have Christian involved. I know that he wanted to be a part of things and we certainly wanted him here, but unfortunately he won’t be available.

“That said, we haven’t had Christian in with the group aside from one game in the past six friendlies, so I feel confident that this group will continue to build on what we have started.”

The U.S. will host Brazil at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Friday and Mexico in Nashville Sept. 11.