Christian Pulisic's performance against Liverpool on Sunday was easily good enough to earn a Man of the Match award, but there was one problem: he wasn't old enough.
Pulisic scored two second-half goals and helped set up a third in a 3-1 International Champions Cup victory over Liverpool in Charlotte, N.C.
On most days, that would be enough to be named the game's top performer.
But Sunday's award was sponsored by Heineken and the 19-year-old Pulisic was not eligible, due to the legal drinking age in the United States being 21.
Instead the award went to Virgil van Dijk, who in addition to scoring a first-half goal for Liverpool, is 27 years old and can legally drink alcohol in the U.S.
Despite missing the award on a technicality, Pulisic put on a show at Bank of America Stadium after being introduced as a half-time substitute.
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