Pulisic could sack Chelsea’s Tuchel

New York (AFP) – In the eyes of United States coach Greg Berhalter, Chelsea’s decision to sack coach Thomas Tuchel could benefit American star Christian Pulisic.

“I am not happy that the man lost his job. But if it means more chances for Christian, it is positive because he is a man who has proven his ability to perform at this level,” Berhalter said on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. “We just have to wait and see.”

He used Pulisic as a second-half substitute in Chelsea’s first five Premier League games before starting on Saturday with a 2-1 win over West Ham. In the 75th minute of Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb, he entered the final for Tuchel.

Berhalter, a cousin of former Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Karl Jastrzemsky, met with Yankees office officials before exchanging jerseys with New York coach Aaron Boone. The 49-year-old left-hander, a member of the 2002 and 2006 World Cup squads, threw a ceremonial pitch.

“The Yankees are the real Madrid of baseball,” Berhalter said. “It’s really great to be up close in this organization and hear what the expectations are. Their expectations are to win every year. So you see what standards they have. You see what level they are working at. And that was fun. It was really interesting. “.

Berhalter plans to announce a roster of 26 or 27 players on September 14 for the Americans’ last two exhibitions before the World Cup, against Japan in Dusseldorf, Germany, on September 23 and against Saudi Arabia four days later in Murcia, Spain. . He will announce his 26-man squad for the World Cup on 9 November.

He said his trophy roster is 85% flattened, which means only four places stay open if no one else is hurt.