One noticeable name absent from Monday's release of the United States' roster to play Puerto Rico on Sunday was Christian Pulisic. The 17-year-old phenom has had a truly remarkable season with Borussia Dortmund and has played his way into the conversation for starting minutes with the USMNT.
The reason for his omission from that roster is because he's helping Dortmund's U-19 team advance through the German A-Youth Championship. Monday saw the second leg of the semifinals take place with Dortmund trailing 1860 Munich 2-1 on aggregate.
Pulisic quickly pulled a goal back to level the aggregate with this very nice finish:
Dortmund would find another goal three minutes from full-time to advance to the final. This opens up a whole new can of worms as far as Pulisic's international availability is concerned. The final of the tournament is scheduled to take place on May 29th, just five days before the Copa America kicks off.
If he were to stay in Germany to compete in that match, he would miss all three of the USMNT pre-Copa America friendlies and only have three days of training before the match with Colombia kicks off. We'll have to wait and see what happens once the FIFA international window opens after the 22nd. Will he join the USMNT or stay for the U-19 youth cup final and hurt his chances at minutes this summer?