Where Will Pennsylvania’s Christian Pulisic Stand Before 2026 World Cup?

Where Will Pennsylvania’s Christian Pulisic Stand Before 2026 World Cup?
By Jim Tomlin

One of the hardest things to do in sports is projecting the future for a team right after a season ends. Every team in every sport has so many variables to consider during offseason months, which is why Pennsylvania sports betting offers future bets with often enticing odds.

Now try prognosticating four years down the road. That’s how long the wait is in soccer between World Cups.

Still, among American men’s soccer players at this year’s World Cup, Pennsylvania native Christian Pulisic seems like a good bet to still be around for the 2026 edition, when the United States co-hosts the event with Canada and Mexico.

Christian Pulisic in the World Cup

Pulisic, born in Hershey, is 24. But with the 2026 World Cup moving back to its normal summer spot, the Chelsea player will still only be 27 when the tournament rolls around.

The U.S. men’s national team was eliminated from this year’s World Cup in the Round of 16 with a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands on Dec. 3.

The World Cup means peak soccer betting action at Pennsylvania sportsbook apps and, with a more mature market and the World Cup coming to America, expect the wagering to be even higher in 2026.

Speaking of mature, this year’s edition of the U.S. Men’s National Team was mostly very young and the majority of players on the roster are likely to still be there in three-plus years, including Pulisic.

All-Time American Men’s Soccer Leaders

PennStakes.com compiled the current leaders among U.S. Men’s National Team players for appearances (or “caps” as they are known in soccer) and goals. We then projected Pulisic’s current pace out to the summer of 2026 to see where he might stand by then.

PlayerCapsGoals
Landon Donovan 157 57
Clint Dempsey 141 57
Jozy Altidore 115 42
Christian Pulisic (projected) 87 39
Eric Wynalda 104 34

Numbers Projected For Pulisic

With his four appearances and one goal in this year’s World Cup, Pulisic has 56 caps and 22 goals wearing the red, white and blue. His goal total is by far the most among the 26 players who went to Qatar for this year’s big tournament (Jordan Morris is second with 11).

We project that by 2026, Pulisic will be in the top five among all-time USMNT goalscorers.

There is no guarantee that players will retain form, avoid injuries and stay in the coaching staff’s good graces so far down the road (ask Landon Donovan). But Pulisic – along with other talented U.S. players under 25, such as Weston McKinnie, Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah, Gio Reyna, Sergino Dest and Tim Weah – will be a favorite to land on the World Cup squad in 2026.

The Keystone State’s sportsbooks, part of a thriving gaming market along with Pennsylvania online casinos, are sure to offer the best odds on the 2026 World Cup and so much more.

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Jim has more than 20 years of experience in sports journalism and covers sports, gambling and the intersection of those two industries for PennStakes.com. He has worked for publications such as the Tampa Bay Times, FanRag.com, SaturdayDownSouth.com and SaturdayTradition.com.

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