The technical staff of the American team

The USMNT were greeted to a hero’s welcome upon their return to the team hotel in Qatar on Tuesday, as a group of fans – including Christian Pulisic – cheered them on as they walked in. Pulisic left the game at halftime after colliding with goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand immediately after scoring the game’s decisive goal, and was later diagnosed with a pelvic contusion. But the matchwinner, who visited the hospital after his injury, was on hand to celebrate with his teammates after their crucial, as he giddily recorded the team’s entrance on his phone and hugged Tim Weah. Earlier in the day, the USMNT secured qualification to the round of 16 with a nail-biting victory over, as Pulisic’s 38th minute shot from close range was enough to get all three points. And the celebrations continued in a virtual sense after the game as well, as several players took to social media to acknowledge the win.

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