Christian Pulisic sacrifices himself for the cause and gets his World Cup goal

Needing a win over Iran to advance to the World Cup round of 16, USMNT star Christian Pulisic got his first-ever goal on the world's biggest stage to put his nation up 1-0 in the 38th minute.

Weston McKennie got the move started with an excellent ball over the top to Sergiño Dest, and Dest played it across the face of goal to meet the advancing Pulisic.

Pulisic got to the ball before Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand to convert, but the 24-year-old clattered into the keeper shortly after. He was unable to celebrate the completion of a childhood dream because he was clearly shaken up. 

It looked like he'd be unable to continue as he struggled on the sidelines with team doctors. The U.S. continued with 10 men with Gregg Berhalter looking on anxiously.  

However, Pulisic returned to the field to complete the first half.  

His night, however, ended during the interval. Brenden Aaronson replaced him for the second 45.

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