Second half update: Pulisic has been subbed off at the start of the second half due to the injury he suffered on this goal. Brenden Aaronson has taken his place as the Americans look to maintain their 1-0 lead.
The Americans need a win over Iran to advance to the knockout round of the 2022 World Cup and it was Christian Pulisic who provided the first moment of brilliance for USA. The forward found his way through the box to complete the move initially created by Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest to put USA up 1-0.
Pulisic suffered an injury on the play and briefly left the pitch but did come back. This is a huge moment in the circumstances, and looked eerily similar to Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria in 2010 that put the Americans in that knockout round. Pulisic has been knocking on the door for some time in this match and finally found the back of the net.
Expect USA to keep pushing and find another goal, as they’ve been the dominant side in this match. Dest, McKennie, Yunus Musah and Tim Weah have been dominating their side of the pitch and Iran have yet to find an answer. One more goal can provide some much-needed breathing room for USA.