Weston McKennie (8) celebrates his goal with Tyler Adams and Christian Pulisic during the 2-0 WCQ win over Mexico last Nov. 12. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis
FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

When the U.S. men’s national team gets together, the players celebrate teammates birthday during whatever camp or games that are going on.

Christian Pulisic, who turned 24 on Sunday, just missed the cut as camp for the two friendlies against Japan and Saudi Arabia in Dusseldorf started on Monday.

But that didn’t stop USMNT teammates Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams from having some fun at their teammates’ expense during a Zoom media call previewing Friday’s friendly against Japan in Germany.

“We always have a ritual,” McKennie said. “The chef always makes the cake brings it out always. We make them do a speech.”

Well, not this time.

“We didn’t we didn’t celebrate Christian’s,” Adams said. “We wished him a happy birthday.”

But no cake this time.

“He can buy himself whatever he wants” added Adams.

To which McKennie quipped: “I’m not going to waste my money on him. He could buy me a gift.”

Sounds like something that would happen on the Bizarro World – the birthday boy giving his friends and family presents instead of the traditional way.