The US should be pleased of their efforts in Qatar, but Christian Pulisic maintained that the team “doesn’t want to feel like this again.”
The USA were eliminated from the competition on Saturday after a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium.
While the Dutch were looking forward to a quarter-final match against either Australia or Argentina, the USA’s attention will now shift to further strengthening their young squad ahead of the 2026 edition.
That event, which will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico, will feature 48 countries, and Pulisic hopes to see a title-winning team.
“Right now, it’s just difficult, you know?” “It stings because, after such a difficult loss, we feel like we could have had more,” he said.
“It’s a new experience for all of these guys, moments to be proud of.” We don’t want to feel this way again. We want to prepare ourselves to win events like these.”
Three minutes into the game, Pulisic had a fantastic opportunity to open the scoring, but his close-range attempt was saved by Andries Noppert.
In contrast, Memphis Depay converted the Netherlands’ first great chance, and Daley Blind made it 2-0 on the stroke of halftime.
“It happened so early in the game, and he made a good stop,” said Pulisic, who assisted Haji Wright for the USA’s goal, which was quickly cancelled out at the other end by Denzel Dumfries.
“They defended effectively for the most part, but when their first two meaningful chances came down, I think they just cut back, executed it, and finished.”
“We were down 2-0, but it didn’t seem like it.” That is, however, what good teams do.”
USA coach Gregg Berhalter’s contract is coming to an end, and he hasn’t spoken much about his future plans.
Antonee Robinson, on the other hand, hopes Berhalter stays in the post while the United States prepares for the Olympics in 2026.
“I hope so,” Fulham’s full-back remarked. “He’s given a lot of boys an opportunity to develop with this group, and I feel like we’ve demonstrated the type of football we can play the entire time.”