Christian Pulisic: “It’s a bit of a weird feeling right now because I hate to lose so much. But I’m really proud and I can’t wait to go to the World Cup.” (USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Five years ago, Christian Pulisic cried when the U.S. men’s national team failed to reach the World Cup with a loss in their final match in Trinidad & Tobago.

On Wednesday, the Americans suffered yet another defeat. The American forward wasn’t showing any tears, at least not ones for joy, but he had a mix of emotions after a 2-0 loss to Costa Rica in San Jose. The USMNT needed to lose by six goals to be denied from qualifying.

“I’m extremely proud. I’m extremely proud of this group,” Pulisic said on Paramount+. “It’s a bit of a weird feeling right now because I hate to lose so much. But I’m really proud and I can’t wait to go to the World Cup.”

That would be in Qatar this November.

The 23-year-old Pulisic was just happy the 14-game march during the Concacaf Octagonal was completed with a USA qualification.

“It’s definitely been a roller coaster,” he said. “It’s never easy to come down and play in these in these Concacaf countries. We know that and we battled through most of it and at the end of the day, we’re in the top three and we’re going to the World Cup so we should be proud.”

Now, there are eight months between now and the kickoff of the greatest show on earth.

Pulisic said it was all about “preparation, just continuing to do well at club level. And yeah, get back together, get as much training in as we can and get ready for the big event.”

He will return to Chelsea and try to help the Blues to another UEFA Champions League crown and to the F.A. Cup championship in the remaining two months of the season.