U.S. men’s national team attacker Christian Pulisic has opened up about his devastation at missing out on the chance to play at his first World Cup.
The U.S. only needed a draw in its final qualifying match at Trinidad & Tobago to ensure qualification for the 2018 World Cup, but Bruce Arena’s side fell 2-1 in a shocking upset.
“In my heart, I knew it was over when we walked off the field,” Pulisic said of the game in Couva in an article on The Players’ Tribune.
“I asked one of our assistants, ‘What were the other scores?’
“And I’ll just never forget the look on his face, or the sound of his voice, or the feeling of utter devastation in my body — when he turned to me and said, “We’re not going. We didn’t make it.”
The Borussia Dortmund attacker admits he’s been feeling down in the month since his national team’s massive disappointment.
“And I won’t lie — I’ve been feeling pretty depressed this past month,” Pulisic said.
“The thought of having to wait four more years, just to get the taste of losing our last qualifier out of my mouth … just to find out if we’re going to the next World Cup? Man, that’s tough.
“Four years, you know? It feels like a lifetime.”