Christian Pulisic Leads Rowdy Cheers for Team at Hotel Post-World Cup Win

Game-winner Christian Pulisic was among those who gave the USMNT a rowdy reception when they returned to the team hotel, after his goal secured a 1-0 win over Iran.

The hero’s welcome given to the players was led by Pulisic, who had been taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a pelvic contusion. The injury came after a collision with Iran’s goalkeeper, Alireza Beiranvand, when Pulisic scored the decisive 38th-minute goal.

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Christian Pulisic of the U.S.A. scores past Alireza Beiranvand of Iran during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Group B match. The soccer star was injured after colliding with the goalkeeper moments later, but came from hospital to lead the welcoming of his team back at the hotel.
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Fortunately, Pulisic was back on his feet and jubilant as his teammates arrived at the hotel, and they continued their celebrations after qualifying for the knockout stage of the World Cup, where they will face the Netherlands in the round of 16 on Saturday.

As players from the USMNT walked into the lobby of their base in Qatar, Pulisic was among those recording the reception, hugging teammate Tim Weah as soccer staff clapped and hollered in support.

Walking in, defender Sergino Dest is seen giving the peace sign to those celebrating their arrival, while Yunus Musah, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Tim Ream were beaming huge smiles.

The players shared their joy on social media after the game, with many posting their thoughts on the next game.

Full-back Antonee Robinson wrote on Twitter: “WE’RE NOT DONE YET! So proud of this team, now we keep it going into the knockouts!”

Pulisic had added on Instagram: “No words to explain what this means to us! Let’s go @usmnt”

Meanwhile, the official Twitter account of the USMNT was in bullish mood over a series of tweets, beginning with this declaration: “WE’RE NOT PACKING OUR BAGS. WE’RE NOT GOING HOME. WE’RE MOVING ON!!!!!!!”

There were messages of praise from across the nation, with President Joe Biden taking time out during an event in Michigan to send his thoughts to the men’s soccer team.

After speaking about his administration’s economic initiatives, Biden looked set to leave before turning and excitedly telling the room about the U.S. win over Iran.

He led the room with the chant “USA! USA!” before adding: “That’s a big game, man!”

Biden then revealed that he had spoken to the USMNT before the game and expressed his belief that they would get the win against Iran and progress to the knockout stages.

He added that he didn’t think his pep talk had been received with much enthusiasm but was pleased that the soccer players did the job required and will be moving on in the tournament.

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USMNT celebrate at the final whistle after beating Iran 1-0 in their final Group B game at the FIFA World Cup. The victory means the soccer stars play the Netherlands on Saturday in the last 16 knockout stage.
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Biden told the crowd: “When I spoke to the coach and the players, I said, ‘You can do this!’ and they went, ‘Oh, they’re gonna…’ They did it!

“God love ’em! Anyway, just thought you might want to hear,” the president added.

In the other game in Group B, England dispensed with any hopes Wales had of qualifying for the knockout stage by beating them 3-0.

With that game tied 0-0 at half-time, and the Americans leading only by one goal, there was still a set of circumstances that would have seen Wales leapfrog the U.S. in the group. However, that was soon made very much more difficult by the English scoring three second-half goals against the Welsh, eliminating their neighbors from the World Cup.

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