Hershey, Pennsylvania's Christian Pulisic helps lift USA over Iran in World Cup

The Americans play the Netherlands on Saturday with the chance to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022
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Fans across Philadelphia cheered on The United States men's national soccer team as they took on Iran in a must-win match in the World Cup.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Fans across Philadelphia cheered on the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team as they took on Iran in a must-win match in the World Cup.

The team won 1-0 thanks to a goal scored by Hershey, Pennsylvania native Christian Pulisic.

"This has been a poetic story," said Olivia Blaber, who was at Top Tomato in Center City to watch the match. "Them not making the last world cup and Pulisic being a part of that campaign to being the one to put it in the back of the net."

The goal would cost him, though. He was injured on the play after colliding with the goalkeeper and eventually had to leave the pitch.

"We're hoping he's OK but he's gonna feel a little better with that W," said Steve Reynolds of New York.

According to the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team, Pulisic has been diagnosed with a pelvic contusion and his status is day-to-day.

The win comes after a politically charged lead-up to the match. American players were grilled by Iranian journalists for mispronouncing their country. US players also made a stand.

"It's been really cool seeing the men's team come out for women's rights so hard in all the press conferences," said Dave Goldstein of South Philadelphia.

The two teams left it all out on the pitch with the US advancing on to the Round of 16.

The Americans play the Netherlands on Saturday with the chance to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002.

But will Pulisic be ready?

The Chelsea winger said in a social media post after the game that he would "be ready Saturday, don't worry," while teammate Weston McKennie said: "I sent him a text and checked on him, and he said, 'Best believe I'll be ready on Saturday.'"

ESPN contributed to this report.