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Christian Pulisic scores, suffers injury in US draw

Christian Pulisic netted his 10th international goal but was taken off after suffering an injury as the United States drew 1-1 with Chile in a friendly in Houston on Tuesday.

Playing as a left-sided midfielder in a line-up which also included Matt Miazga at centre-back, the 20-year-old made an immediate impact when he put the home side ahead on a swift counter-attack after only four minutes.

Gyasi Zardes controlled a long clearance by US goalkeeper Ethan Horvath in the Chilean half and flicked the ball into the path of a streaking-forward Pulisic, who ran clear of the Chilean defence before deflty clipping it past goalkeeper Gabriel Arias. He became the youngest to score 10 goals for the United States men's national side. 

Chile levelled through Oscar Opazo five minutes later but Pulisic went close to restoring his team’s lead shortly afterwards when he surged clear of the Chilean defence on the left but saw his opportunity snuffed out by Arias, who rushed off his line to deny him a shot on goal.

It was a fine display by the youngster, who was voted US Player of the Year by the American Outlaws supporters’ group earlier this week, but his night came to premature end when he was replaced in the 36th minute by Sebastian Lletget after he appeared to suffer a thigh injury.

Reports indicate that he had strained his right quadriceps but his withdrawal was precautionary.

Miazga, who is currently on loan at Reading from Chelsea, played the full 90 minutes as US head coach Gregg Berhalter saw his side fail to win a game for the first time since he took charge last December.

Pulisic was signed by Chelsea in January and will join the Blues from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

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