US Men’s National Team (USMNT) striker Christian Pulisic was taken to hospital due to an abdominal injury suffered when he scored the winning goal for the United States in their vital 1-0 victory over Iran at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
A US Soccer spokesperson told CNN in an email that Pulisic, who collided with the Iranian goalkeeper after scoring his goal, had medical scans done but was “not hospitalized”.
In a social media post, the team said Pulisic had been diagnosed with a pelvic contusion. His playing status is day to day.
Pulisic met the rest of the squad as they returned to the team hotel. In a video posted to Twitter by USMNT officials, the 24-year-old can be seen smiling big and using a cell phone to record his teammates walking through a cheering crowd in the lobby.
Fellow striker Tim Weah gives Pulisic a hug.
World Cup host FOX Sports tweeted a photo of Pulisic in what appears to be a hospital bed with the caption “So damn proud of my boys I’ll be done on Saturday don’t worry.” The Twitter account of the US national soccer team retweeted the Fox Sports tweet.
Pulisic did not discuss his status as he posted on his verified Instagram, writing: “No words to explain what this means to us! Let’s go @usmnt”
The US men’s national team pulled off a tough 1-0 victory over Iran in a nerve-wracking Group B decider in Qatar 2022, securing its place in the knockout stages.
Pulisic’s goal in the first half was all that separated the two sides as the USMNT reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2014. off the field are helped by medics.
Pulisic soon returned to the field, but was clearly still struggling with the knock. Despite only playing one half, Pulisic earned the man of the match award.
The USMNT is hoping its star man, dubbed “Captain America” by some, is fit for Saturday’s round of 16. As number two in Group B, the United States will compete against the Netherlands, winner of Group A, number 8 in the world.