The Americans finished 2nd successful Group B with 5 points, 2 down England, and volition play the Netherlands connected Saturday.
Christian Pulisic kicked the ball, scored the extremity and past crashed into the goalkeeper, a collision that sent the American prima to the infirmary and the United States into the 2nd circular of the World Cup.
More than an hr later, helium contacted his teammates by FaceTime to articulation the celebration.
Pulisic's 38th-minute extremity held up, and the United States bushed Iran 1-0 connected Tuesday successful their politically charged rematch to beforehand to the World Cup's knockout stage.
“Every azygous subordinate is acceptable to laic their assemblage connected the enactment to marque definite this squad is successful,” United States midfielder Weston McKennie said.
The Americans finished 2nd successful Group B with 5 points, 2 down England, and volition play the Netherlands connected Saturday with the accidental to scope the quarterfinals for the archetypal clip since 2002.
“I ever accidental it’s america against the world,” guardant Tim Weah said. “No 1 believed the U.S. could play bully football.”
Pulisic was sprawled connected the tract and lying successful the extremity for astir 3 minutes arsenic helium received attraction from the U.S. staff. He tried to proceed playing but was substituted astatine the commencement of the 2nd fractional with Brenden Aaronson and taken for abdominal scans.
U.S. Soccer said Pulisic suffered a pelvic contusion and was time to day. He near the infirmary and returned to the squad hotel.
“I sent him a substance and checked connected him, and helium said, 'Best judge I'll beryllium acceptable connected Saturday,'” McKennie said.
U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter said Pulisic felt dizziness aft the collision.
Back successful the World Cup aft missing the 2018 tournament, the U.S. opened with draws against Wales and England and needed a triumph to scope the circular of 16.
Iran finished 3rd successful the radical with 3 points. The squad has failed to beforehand successful each six of its World Cup appearances.
“The imagination is implicit with this result,” Iran manager Carlos Queiroz said. “The U.S. started the crippled overmuch amended than us, much speedy with amended power of the game.”
Raucous Iranian fans with horns and drums successful the assemblage of 42,127 filled the little vessel down 1 extremity astatine Al Thumama Stadium and were acold louder than the red-white-and-blue U.S. supporters astatine the different extremity and down the American bench.
The U.S. outshot Iran 9-0 successful the archetypal fractional but didn’t interruption done until Pulisic came up with the large infinitesimal that a increasing and progressively demanding instrumentality basal backmost location had been pining for.
McKennie lofted a walk from conscionable past the halfway ellipse to Sergiño Dest astatine the borderline of the 6-yard box. Dest headed the shot successful beforehand of the nett connected a bounce arsenic Pulisic charged up the halfway of the tract past Ramin Rezaeian and Majid Hosseiniand.
Turning his assemblage to fto the shot deed his close foot, Pulisic redirected the shot for his 22nd planetary extremity and archetypal successful World Cup play. His momentum carried him into goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.
“Christian makes those runs. That's what helium does. That’s the peculiar prime helium has,” Berhalter said. “As soon arsenic the shot is wide, helium goes successful with strength to the punishment container and bully things hap and you people goals.”
Berhalter thought Pulisic got second-half updates connected telephone apps.
Weah, who scored the Americans’ extremity successful the opening 1-1 gully with Wales, astir doubled the pb successful the seventh infinitesimal of first-half stoppage clip but was ruled offside.
With England up of Wales, Iran knew it needed lone a gully to beforehand and yet got its archetypal changeable astatine goalkeeper Matt Turner erstwhile Saman Ghoddos enactment a header implicit the crossbar successful the 52nd minute. Saeid Ezatolahi enactment an unfastened changeable precocious and wide successful the 70th and Morteza Pouraliganji’s diving header successful the 3rd infinitesimal of 9 minutes of stoppage clip went conscionable wide.
Walker Zimmerman cleared a escaped shot successful beforehand of the unfastened nett successful the ninth infinitesimal aft Cameron Carter-Vickers got a flimsy manus connected Mehdi Taremi.
“I anticipation that our fans and our radical successful Iran forgive us. I americium conscionable sorry," Taremi said.
Carter-Vickers, a lad of erstwhile NBA subordinate Howard Carter, made his World Cup debut successful spot of Zimmerman and gave the U.S. an wholly Europe-based lineup for the archetypal clip ever successful World Cup play.
YOUNG AT HEART
The U.S. lineup averaged 24 years, 321 days, the youngest of immoderate squad astatine the tourney frankincense acold and the youngest successful the World Cup for the Americans since 1990. Yunus Musah turned 20, the archetypal American to look successful a World Cup lucifer connected his birthday.
The U.S. is 1-4 against the Netherlands, each friendlies, overcoming a two-goal shortage to triumph 4-3 astatine Amsterdam successful 2015.
“I deliberation that’s the American spirit, the mode this radical plays, and I deliberation radical volition admit that,” Berhalter said.
Additional reporting by The Associated Press.