Christian Pulisic could make his U.S. senior national team debut in next week's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala instead of playing for the U-23s in their Olympic playoff vs. Colombia.

By The SI Staff
March 22, 2016

Christian Pulisic's whirlwind year could wind up with him becoming cap-tied to the USA with an appearance for the senior national team in World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala.

Borussia Dortmund announced that Pulisic, 17, had been called up by Jurgen Klinsmann–not Andi Herzog for the U-23s Olympic qualifying playoff vs. Colombia–only to be deterred by an illness. U.S. Soccer confirmed to that if Pulisic is healthy, he'll join the senior team in Columbus, Ohio, for the second of the two qualifiers during this international window, which is on March 29. Pulisic had been on the USA's initial roster for both matches but got sick and ultimately wasn't included on the final squad.

Dortmund released the following statement:

"Christian Pulisic had to cancel his trip to the US national team because of an infection. The 17 year old does however hope that he can join the national team at a slightly later stage. The US Team is playing against Guatemala."

Regardless of whether he plays, Pulisic, who remains eligible to represent Croatia until he is cap-tied by the U.S., appears headed to the States for the international break at the very least. The Hershey, Pennsylvania, native tweeted that he was heading back to his hometown–before promptly deleting it. 

Pulisic has made six appearances with Dortmund's first team in all competitions ever since he was promoted to the senior squad over the Bundesliga winter break.

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