Christian Pulisic was a spectator, not a player for Chelsea. ( Photo)

U.S. men’s national team standouts Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic never got off the bench for their respective squads’ games on Tuesday.

McKennie, who scored a goal in each of his last two matches, watched his Juventus teammates register a 4-2 win over Sampdoria in Coppa Italia.

Pulisic was a spectator for Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Brighton Hove & Albion in the English Premier League. Hakim Ziyech lifted the visitors into a 28th-minute lead, but Brighton’s equalized behind Adam Webster on the hour.

Chelsea (12-3-8, 44 points) remained in third place while ninth-place Brighton (6-4-11, 29) played its 11th tie of the season.

Both players are expected to be called into the USMNT for the next three World Cup qualifiers during the winter window.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at