What Did Christian Pulisic Mean With His ‘Man in the Mirror’ Celebration in USA vs Mexico?

Published 11/13/2021, 2:46 PM EST
Nov 12, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; United States forward Christian Pulisic (10) dribbles the ball while Mexico defender Luis Rodriguez (21) defends during a FIFA World Cup Qualifier soccer match at TQL Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Revoking one of the most intense rivalries in world soccer, the USMNT clashed with Mexico in a fantastic game of football. A match marred with fouls and cards, Team USA edged past Mexico to win the match 2-0, sending the home fans into raptures. Despite being in the second position before the kickoff, Christian Pulisic came off the bench to put team USA in the front.

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This result meant they went on top of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table. However, the game would be remembered for Pulisic’s shirt-message celebration to Ochoa and co.

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Christian Pulisic delivers an epic message

Before the game, Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa took a sly dig on team USA by accusing them of copying their team.

“Mexico is the mirror in which the [U.S.] wants to see itself,” said Ochoa.

As the game was heading to a 0-0 draw, Pulisic came off the bench to score a fantastic header in the 74th minute. Timothy Weah whipped in a cross from the right flank for the American forward to have a glancing header into the net. However, his viral celebration that followed after made more headlines than the goal itself.

His shirt read “man in the mirror” as Pulisic gave a cheeky reply to Ochoa and Mexico. Later on, Weston McKennie rounded off the match by scoring the second goal. However, Pulisic downplayed the importance of the celebration in the post-match interview.

“I think you guys know the message, I don’t want to speak on it too much, it’s not a big thing, not trying to cause controversy,” said Pulisic.

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Post-game, Weah revealed how he and DeAndre Yedlin came up with the idea of showing that message.

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“Before the game, Mexico was talking a lot of smack. To shut them up, we have to continue to win games, continue to beat them. That’s the only way we’re going to earn their respect and get the world’s respect,” said Weah.

Notably, America’s win meant the USMNT have now defeated Mexico for the third straight time this year; they defeated them in the Nations League and Gold Cup finals earlier.

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With the national team now leading the CONCACAF table by +2 advantage in goal difference, they have a firm lead. However, will the USMNT easily qualify for the Qatar World Cup 2022, or is there more drama to come that will ruin this American dream?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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