Alexi Lalas praises Christian Pulisic after picking up an injury and scoring USA’s win over Iran

‘He gave his body for his country’: Alexi Lalas praises Christian Pulisic after suffering a painful injury and scoring USA’s win over Iran… Clint Dempsey claims it’s the greatest goal of his CAREER

Alexi Lalas gushed praise for Christian Pulisic after USA’s thrilling 1-0 win over Iran on Tuesday, when the winger’s decisive goal took a toll on his body.

Pulisic put the USMNT ahead in the 38th minute from a Sergino Dest header, but celebrations over the close-range finish were muted when he collided with Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand in play after hitting the ball.

After being down for a few minutes, Pulisic continued for the rest of the first half but was substituted off at half-time with what FOX Sports later described as a stomach injury.

Christian Pulisic's first-half goal against Iran came with a price as he was injured during the game

Christian Pulisic’s first-half goal against Iran came with a price as he was injured during the game

Pulisic left the game at half-time through injury with Brenden Aaronson replacing him

Pulisic left the game at half-time through injury with Brenden Aaronson replacing him

He lay there for several minutes and appeared to be in severe pain before briefly continuing

He lay there for several minutes and appeared to be in severe pain before briefly continuing

Still, USA was able to hold onto the win without him, and Lalas was careful to acknowledge Pulisic’s bravery after the game.

“I mean, he just gave his body for his country in that moment,” the FOX analyst said.

‘Like you said, he wanted it more. He made an incredible amount of space in a very short time to get past his defenders. And just put his body on the line and put the ball in, it was the decision.

Clint Dempsey, who scored four World Cup goals for the USMNT himself, was also quick to stress the importance of winning the game.

“Christian, we’ve talked about legacies, stepping up in big moments and scoring important goals,” he said. I don’t know if there’s a bigger goal in his career than this.

US coach Gregg Berhalter said after the game there was no update on the attacker, while FOX said during the postgame show he was taken to the hospital.

“I’ve been saying all along it’s a wonderful thing when one of your best players is one of the hardest working,” Berhalter said after the Pulisic game. “I can’t say enough positive things about Christian.

The USMNT meets the Netherlands in the round of 16 on Saturday and Pulisic now faces a race to be fit for the game.

Alexi Lalas praised Christian Pulisic for his bravery in the 1-0 win over USA

Alexi Lalas praised Christian Pulisic for his bravery in the 1-0 win over USA

For now, however, USA can celebrate emerging from a difficult Group B, with Pulisic’s team-mates clearly appreciative of his post-game contributions.

“Obviously we’re very grateful that he threw his body in there, but the thing is, we have 25 other guys besides Christian who would do the same thing I think,” Weston McKennie said.

“We know what our goal is, we know what we want to do, what we want to achieve and everyone is ready to give everything.”

“Unfortunately he had to go. But when you see Christian’s stature and he throws his body onto the line, that should tell you enough about what the team means and how tight that team is.

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