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Star Spangled Stories: Thomas Tuchel on Christian Pulisic & Gio Reyna’s production decline

Pulisic’s coach expects him to make an impact, Reyna says he’s exhausted, and other US Soccer updates.

Barnsley v Chelsea: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Good morning, US Soccer fans! We’ve got your one-stop-shop for all things USMNT & USWNT for Wednesday.

Tuchel expects Pulisic to make an ‘important impact’
...Eventually, that is. Christian Pulisic has been watching from the bench since Thomas Tuchel arrived, but the Chelsea manager expects that to change.

Does Gio Need a Break?
Fear the Wall takes a look at the declining production from Gio Reyna in recent weeks. The 17-year-old revealed he’s ‘physically and mentally exhausted’ after exploding onto the scene in a very demanding Bundesliga.

The Unexpected Rise of Another U.S. Teen Abroad
This is a nice in-depth piece from Sports Illustrated on Matthew Hoppe’s success with Schalke 04.

USWNT match on Thursday has been a journey
Paywall: The SheBelieves Cup kicks off on Thursday with Brazil vs vs Argentina, followed by the United States Women’s National Team taking on Canada. The Washington Post looks at the journey it took to make it happen.

Boston-born Kik Pierie interview
Absolutely phenomenal name he’s got. The 20-year-old Ajax man talks about the USMNT, the Dutch National Team, and MLS. He forgot the name of his hometown MLS squad, but he’s a charming guy. Worth the watch.

Juve: All or Nothing
The next season of the Amazon original series is being filmed with Weston McKennie’s Juventus.

The Texan at Italy’s Most Storied Soccer Club
Paywall: McKennie gets some nice coverage in the Wall Street Journal.

Twellman gets emotional
The New England Revolution have unofficially retired Taylor Twellman’s #20 jersey and he gets emotional when asked about it.

How do Alex Morgan and Taylor Swift know each other?
Hold up, these two superstars are friends?

FC Dallas Homegrowns visit Bayern Munich
Six homegrown players from FC Dallas went to Germany for three weeks to train with FC Bayern Munich as part of a player development partnership.

Taylor Booth named to Team of the Week in first ever pro match

Yunus Musah performance for Valencia against Real Madrid

Reggie Cannon performance against FC Porto

McKennie’s face when reporter starts off in Italian