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Dylan Hernandez: Pulisic will use his World Cup absence to rest and watch LeBron James

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - List the reasons for why the United States failed to reach the World Cup and the monumental disaster feels less like a tragedy and more like something deserved.

It's not as if anyone outside of the United States was trembling with anticipation to watch Bruce Arena deploy another five-man back line or Tim Howard start again at goalkeeper within a year of his 40th birthday.

Except there is one significant downside to the United States' exclusion from the world's greatest sporting event: Christian Pulisic, the best player ever born in this

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