Christian Pulisic Leads US to 2-0 Win Against Bolivia in Copa America Opener, Scoring a Goal and Assisting Folarin Balogun’s Score in the Team’s Dominant Performance

Christian Pulisic leads the US (United States/Copa America)

Christian Pulisic’s beaming smile and outstretched arms celebrated not only his own goal but also the clever strategy of his coach, Gianni Vio. The U.S. team’s 2-0 victory over Bolivia in their Copa America opener was a resounding success, with Pulisic scoring in the third minute and assisting Folarin Balogun’s goal in the 44th.

Pulisic’s goal, the fastest by the U.S. against a South American team, was a testament to his skill and the team’s dominant performance. He became the second U.S. player, after Clint Dempsey, to score and assist in a Copa America match, reaching 30 goals in 69 international appearances.

Christian Pulisic (United States/Copa America)

The U.S. team’s intensity and confidence were palpable, with Pulisic noting that the early goal “helped us a lot.” Defender Antonee Robinson echoed this sentiment, saying that the win was “massive” for building confidence. The team’s dominant display was evident in their 18 touches inside the attacking penalty area in the first half, compared to Bolivia’s none.

Coach Gregg Berhalter was pleased with the performance, highlighting the team’s set-piece play and Pulisic’s individual effort. Pulisic’s clever corner kick and subsequent goal showcased his skill and chemistry with his teammates.

Bolivia, on the other hand, struggled, losing their 13th straight Copa America match. Coach Antônio Carlos Zago acknowledged that the U.S. had a “better physical performance.” Despite their efforts, Bolivia was unable to match the U.S. team’s intensity and skill.

The U.S. team’s next matches are against Panama and Uruguay, with high expectations for advancement to the quarterfinals. Pulisic’s performance and the team’s dominant display have set the tone for a successful tournament. With their sights set on the 2026 World Cup, the U.S. team is determined to make a statement in this Copa America competition.