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USMNT stock watch: Pulisic on the rise

Taylor Twellman says Christian Pulisic is showing plenty of promise to be the best U.S. international player ever.

Mission accomplished for the United States, which took four points from two World Cup qualifiers this month (one win and one draw), increasing the team's Soccer Power Index chances of reaching the 2018 Russia World Cup to 85 percent.

That's over 30 points higher than the near coin-flip situation the U.S. faced when Bruce Arena took over as coach in November.

The U.S. SPI projection wasn't the only thing on the rise over the past week, as several players stated their cases to remain with the first team throughout this qualifying cycle and in next year's World Cup.

Let's examine whose stock rose or fell over the past week.

Stock rising

Of the 20 players who saw time during the pair of qualifiers, nearly all of them left a positive impression. Narrowing the list down to a handful was difficult, but here's who caught my eye:

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