U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Adds Two Players Before World Cup Qualifier


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Christian Pulisic, left, made his first-team debut for Dortmund in January.

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United States Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added the 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic to the Americans’ roster for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Guatemala in Columbus, Ohio.

Pulisic and midfielder Graham Zusi were added to the United States roster Sunday in a series of roster adjustments; in other moves, Fabian Johnson (calf) and Matt Besler (concussion) were returned to their club teams.

Pulisic, who was born in Pennsylvania, where his father played indoor soccer professionally, joined Dortmund at 16 and made his first-team debut in January. He was a major player on the United States team that competed in last year’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile.

While he has represented the United States at the under-15 and under-17 levels, Pulisic also is eligible to play internationally for Croatia because of his grandfather, who was born there. An appearance in Tuesday’s game would tie him to the United States, however, which has long seemed to be his preference.

The United States lost to Guatemala, 2-0, on Friday night in Guatemala City and enters Tuesday’s game in third place in its group in the current round of qualifying. It must finish in the top two to advance to the final round of regional qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Trinidad and Tobago currently leads the group with 7 points, followed by Guatemala (6), the United States (4) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (0). Each team has three games remaining.

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