Pulisic scores, assists on Balogun goal to lead U.S. over Bolivia 2-0 in Copa America opener

In their Copa America opener, the United States dominated Bolivia with a 2-0 victory. Christian Pulisic, with his signature wide smile, celebrated his early goal in the third minute. The goal was expertly executed according to the game plan devised by the coach, who Pulisic eagerly sought in the stands.

With the 2026 World Cup on the horizon, this tournament is considered a significant test for the American team. Pulisic, who is always filled with excitement after scoring, expressed the importance of this moment and the magnitude of the tournament.

Pulisic not only scored but also assisted Folarin Balogun’s goal in the 44th minute. This achievement places him alongside Clint Dempsey as the only U.S. players to have both scored and assisted in a Copa America match. Furthermore, Pulisic reached the milestone of 30 goals in just 69 international appearances, making him the fastest American to achieve this feat.
According to Pulisic, “We started the game with great energy and intensity. The early goal definitely gave us a boost. Overall, it was a commanding performance. We could have scored more goals and secured a bigger win.”

Out of the six teams invited to the South America’s championship, the U.S. is predicted to progress from Group C to the quarterfinals alongside Uruguay.