Christian Pulisic capped his spectacular first season in England in appropriately spectacular fashion Saturday, leading Chelsea to the FA Cup title over London rival Arsenal.
The 21-year-old American sent the Blues on their way with a brilliant goal just five minutes into the contest at Wembley Stadium. The Pennsylvania native started the scoring sequence with a slick turn and feed to teammate Mason Mount, who found veteran forward Olivier Giroud in front of Arsenal’s goal. Giroud flicked the ball to Pulisic, who had continued his run into the box before cooly depositing the pass into the Gunners net:
Three Pulisic contributions on his goal, all brilliant.
- The first-time progressive pass
- Receiving on the half turn and playing to Mount
- The first touch in the box and finish
Microcosm of what he’s done since the restart pic.twitter.com/7DtsnelDUM
— Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) August 1, 2020
The strike was just the latest piece of magic from Pulisic, who has established himself as one of the best attacking players — and perhaps the best American player of all time — in England since pro soccer returned there in June following a three month hiatus because of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday’s goal was Pulisic’s 11th in 33 games across all competitions this season, his first with Chelsea after four years playing for German talent mill Borussia Dortmund. Five of those tallies have come since June 21, as have half of his 10 assists.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.