Our latest international round-up focuses on friendly action for two of our global stars…
Christian Pulisic starred in an impressive victory for the USMNT in Cincinnati, teeing up the opening goal in stylish fashion.
The 23-year-old captained the Stars and Stripes against fellow Qatar World Cup participants Morocco and played just over an hour, providing the breakthrough midway through the first half for new Leeds United signing Brendan Aaronson.
Taking a long ball forward under control with a sumptuous first touch, the forward then displayed class and composure in the penalty box, checking back inside before laying the ball off for a simple finish.
In the process, he reached 10 assists for the national team alongside his 21 goals, becoming the fastest player to reach double figures for both in just 49 appearances. It also marked the highlight of a strong individual display for Pulisic, with the USA going on to win 3-0 after further goals from Timothy Weah and Haji Wright.
They face Uruguay in another friendly at the weekend before beginning the defence of their CONCACAF Nations League title with a double-header against Grenada and El Salvador next week.
For Thiago Silva meanwhile, it was a trip to the Far East as the defender helped Brazil to a big win of their own against South Korea, playing the duration of a 5-1 victory in Seoul.
The 37-year-old started at the heart of a back four alongside regular partner Marquinhos and the duo saw much of the action played in front of them as the Selecao enjoyed 24 attempts on goal and scored on five occasions.
Everton striker Richarlison opened the scoring before a penalty brace from Neymar restored Brazil’s lead after Bordeaux man Ui-Jo Hwang had briefly levelled the contest. Phillipe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus then added late strikes for Tite’s men to give the scoreline a comprehensive look to it.
Thiago Silva was involved for the full 90 minutes in the first of Brazil’s two games during this international window, with the second coming against Japan in Tokyo on Monday.