“I Was Jumping Out of My Bed”- Christian Pulisic on USA Winning CONCACAF Gold Cup vs Mexico

Published 08/10/2021, 7:12 AM EDT


USMNT captain and Chelsea star Christian Pulisic is part of a revolution that is gripping football in the USA. While Mexico were the overwhelming heavyweights in North America a few years ago, the USA are now slowly becoming the team to beat.

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Pulisic was watching from the sidelines when the USA beat Mexico in the final of the Gold Cup. It was USMNT’s second major cup win over Mexico in 2021, and Pulisic was ecstatic. Speaking to Complex in an interview after his shoe deal with Puma, Pulisic shared his thoughts on the win.

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Honestly, it was just incredible. I mean, how far this team has come. We’ve had different squads in for the Nations League, for the Gold Cup, and no one has backed down from the challenge. And I’m seeing just a fight in this group that it makes me so proud and just very excited for what’s to come,” he answered.

Miles Robinson finally decided the match in the 117th minute as his header was the only goal in a thrilling match. Pulisic revealed that he was watching the match and added that he was jumping on his bed when the goal went in.

Christian Pulisic talks about his game-winning penalty against Mexico in the Nation’s League

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The Gold Cup wasn’t the only thrilling final that the USMNT played against Mexico, as the final of the Nation’s League went down to the wire, too. The match was tied 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes, and it went to extra time. However, the USA had the last laugh as Christian Pulisic sealed the match in the 114th minute with a cool and calm penalty.

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I mean, the only thought was to execute the finish and put it exactly where I wanted to put it. And yeah, luckily, I was just feeling confident in the moment, and I just went for it. Obviously, there was the pressure, the nerves were all there, but I’m happy I was able just to stay calm,” Pulisic on his penalty in extra time.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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