Christian Pulisic during the recent Concacaf Nations League. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
The next time Chelsea and Christian Pulisic take part in a game of any circumstance will be Saturday, Aug. 14.
That’s when the UEFA Champions League victors kick off their English Premier League season at home against Crystal Palace.
Many of his U.S. men’s national teammates and their respective club sides in Europe also are slated to start their seasons that weekend.
Translated: They will face one crowded and busy seasons, especially the ones, such as Gio Reyna, Tyler Adams, John Brooks, Zack Steffen and Tim Weah, among others, who will compete in the UCL.
The Blues, who defeated Manchester City to capture the UCL crown, will meet their EPL champions Saturday, Sept. 25 at Stamford Bridge.
We open the 14-match Octagon on Sept. 2 at El Salvador (🇸🇻) .
What do you think of our schedule? 🤔🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/yAL6tRahVJ
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 16, 2021
Given the packed schedule and Pulisic’s history of hamstring issues, don’t be surprised if he sits out a Chelsea game or two or starts a few early ones on the bench.
Here’s a link to Chelsea’s schedule:
Chelsea will participate in next year’s UCL, although it does not know its group or opponents just yet.
The general UCL schedule (through 2021)
Matchday 1 – Sept. 14-15
Matchday 2 – Sept. 28-29
Matchday 3 – Oct. 19-20
Matchday 4 – Nov. 2-3
Matchday 5 – Nov. 23-24
Matchday 6 – Dec. 7-8
The USMNT WCQ schedule (through 2021)
Sept. 2 – at El Salvador
Sept. 5 – vs. Canada
Sept. 8 – at Honduras
Oct. 7 – vs. Jamaica
Oct. 10 – at Panama
Oct. 13 – vs. Costa Rica
Nov. 12 — vs. Mexico
Nov. 16 – at Jamaica