Christian Pulisic expects to be available for the knockout phase.

The USMNT winger, who scored the decisive goal in his country's 1-0 win over Iran but was injured on that same play and left the game at halftime, told his teammates that he plans to be on the pitch for Saturday's Round of 16 showdown with the Netherlands.

Pulisic scored in the 38th minute, crashing the net after Sergiño Dest played a header across the face of the goal. A sprawling Pulisic got his boot on the ball and directed it into the net as he collided with Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.

The Chelsea forward and United States talisman immediately crumpled to the pitch in pain and needed the assistance of trainers to walk off the field. He did briefly return for the rest of the first half but was subbed off at halftime for Brenden Aaronson.

"Obviously, we're very thankful that he threw his body there," Weston McKennie told reporters after the match. "At the end, it was a heart-drop sinking moment, but we got it done, and we're excited to still be here."