It just had to be Captain America! With the United States facing elimination in the World Cup on Tuesday in Qatar, the scenario was simple for them. Win, or go home.
They couldn't tie or lose. Well, as you might have been able to guess, the one and only Christian Pulisic delivered with a beautiful goal in the first half. That goal made the difference, as the U.S. came out on top 1-0 and they'll now take on the Netherlands in the knockout stage.
That's a fantastic finish from Pulisic and one that you'd expect a player of his caliber to record. Whenever the red, white and blue are in need of a monster play, Pulisic is there to get the job done.
As good as this moment feels for the U.S. and its players, the real challenges are set to arrive. Come this weekend, Pulisic and Co. will take on the Netherlands in the Round of 16.
This is a dangerous side, as the Orange won Group A, beating Senegal, drawing with Ecuador and dominating Qatar. The Netherlands are the No. 8 team in the world and feature a ton of talent.
The long list includes Virgil Van Dijk, Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay and many others. The U.S. will have its hands full in trying to contain this team, but they'll enter the contest with a ton of confidence. It goes without saying, but the pressure will be on Pulisic to record another titanic goal for his country as well.