For Berhalter, Pulisic could benefit from Tuchel’s dismissal

For Berhalter, Pulisic could benefit from Tuchel's dismissal

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Chelsea’s decision to sack Thomas Tuchel could benefit star Christian Pulisic, according to United States coach Greg Berhalter.

“I’m not happy when someone loses their job, but if it means Christian will have more opportunities, that’s a good thing because he has shown that he is at a high level,” Berhalter said at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. can perform.”

Pulisic came on as a second-half substitute in Chelsea’s first five Premier League games before starting Saturday’s 2-1 win against West Ham. On Tuesday he came on as a substitute after 75 minutes in a loss against Dinamo Zagrave.

A cousin of Hall of Famer and former Red Sox player Carl Yastrzemsky, Berhalter met with Yankees officials and swapped jerseys with manager Aaron Boone before throwing the game’s first pitch.

“The Yankees are the Real Madrid of baseball,” said Berhalter. “It’s really fascinating to see the organization up close and hear their expectations of winning every year. You look at their standards.”

Berhalter intends to announce 26 or 27 players on 14 September who will play the last two exhibition matches before the World Cup, against Japan on 23 September in Düsseldorf, Germany, and four days later against Saudi Arabia in Murcia, Spain. He will announce the line-up for the World Cup on 9 November.

He assured that 85% of players are already clear, so there are four open positions if no one gets injured.

“I’m sure there won’t be any drastic changes, but some may come,” Berhalter said.

Goalkeeper Zach Stephen missed three consecutive matches for Middlesbrough due to a knee injury.

“We’ll see what he does this weekend,” Berhalter said. “We get information every day.”

Stephen, Matt Turner, Ethan Horvath and Sean Johnson have been the main goalkeepers of the cycle. Turner could make his Europa League debut for Arsenal against Zurich on Thursday.

Union Berlin striker Jordan Payfolk missed the Bundesliga match against Bayern Munich over the weekend due to a muscle injury and the club has indicated he will not appear for Thursday’s Europa League opener against Belgium’s Union Saint-Guillois.

Berhalter has no intention of announcing an alternate lineup when announcing the team going into the World Cup. Several players are in teams that will continue to play for their clubs between 12 and 13 November.

“If someone is injured and cannot go that day, we will be ready with an alternative,” he said.