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US star Christian Pulisic cleared to play against Dutch in World Cup

Pulisic was taken to the hospital after bruising his pelvic bone in a collision with the goalkeeper while scoring in the final group match against Iran.

DOHA, Qatar — Christian Pulisic was cleared to play for the United States in its round of 16 match at the World Cup against the Netherlands on Saturday.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said after Friday’s training session that the American had been given the go-ahead.

Pulisic left Tuesday's final group match against Iran at halftime after bruising his pelvic bone in a collision with the goalkeeper while scoring in the 38th minute. The Americans won 1-0 to advance.

A 24-year-old winger, Pulisic was taken to the hospital after halftime and then returned to the team hotel in time for the postgame celebration. Pulisic said Thursday he was feeling better.

United States forward Josh Sargent left the Iran match in the 77th minute, three minutes after injuring his right ankle in a challenge by Majid Hosseini.

“With Christian we’re hopeful, I think with him a little less so," United States coach Gregg Berhalter said before training. "At this stage, it’s go time. If you can push through it, you do. So I’m sure he’ll have that mindset.”

Haji Wright and Jesús Ferreira are the other strikers in the squad. Sargent started against Wales and Iran, and Wright against England.

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Christian Pulisic of the United States attends a press conference before a training session at Al-Gharafa SC Stadium, in Doha, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

When does the US play Netherlands?

The United States takes on the Netherlands in the round of 16 on Saturday, Dec. 3. 

The match begins at 10 a.m. Eastern. 

How to watch US vs. Netherlands

The World Cup match between the U.S. and the Netherlands will be broadcast on FOX, which is available over-the-air or through cable television providers. Telemundo will air the match live in Spanish.

Check your local listings for channel information.

Most subscription-based streaming services carry FOX and other World Cup games airing on FS1, including:

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