Stuart Holden backs USMNT World Cup run if Christian Pulisic delivers ‘big-time’

Stuart Holden backs USMNT World Cup run if Christian Pulisic delivers 'big-time'

Former United States and Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden has backed his nation to embark on a deep run on the 2022 World Cup, if Christian Pulisic finds his finest kind.

Pulisic heads to Qatar because the star of the USMNT and has already chalked up 21 objectives and 12 assists in 52 caps at simply 24 years outdated.

At membership stage, issues have not all the time been so easy, with a variety of accidents slowing his improvement, whereas he is discovered a daily beginning spot onerous to come back by since buying and selling Borussia Dortmund for Chelsea in 2019.

Nevertheless, Pulisic’s high quality stays unquestioned and will he convey his finest to Qatar, he would possibly effectively lead the USMNT to a profitable return to the world stage.

“If we see big-time Pulisic, this US staff’s going to make a run,” Holden instructed FS1’s The Herd on Tuesday.

“I think if we’re going to make a deep run, and I’m talking about getting past the round-of-16, getting to the quarter-finals, we need a star. Pulisic’s our star. He’s capable of doing things that nobody else on the team are capable of doing.”

Nicknamed ‘Captain America’, Pulisic is capable of moments few others wearing the Stars and Stripes can match, with his speed and skill menacing for opposition defenders.

“In just one play, he can make a goal,” Holden added. ‘That’s what’s going to separate these games, which are going to be close. 

“Wales are a good team, Iran are a good team, England are a very good team. The United States are capable of beating any of them but it’s going to come down to really tight, little decisive moments in games. 

“And Pulisic is a guy who can deliver those most consistently, at a high level and give you that moment you think ‘wow’.”

The USMNT open their Group B campaign against Wales on Monday before fixtures against England and Iran.

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