Head Coach Bruce Arena recently told him to take the free kicks and corner kicks. A showdown with Mexico is just two days away and it seems inevitable that Pulisic will be one of the few players to play another full game at more than a mile above sea level. If it were possible him to both cross and finish the same ball, the team might ask him to do that, too.

It is a lot to ask of an 18-year-old kid from Hershey, a year removed from his senior prom, but U.S. soccer really has no choice: