PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Christian Pulisic grew to become the primary American man to play in a Champions League final on Saturday.…
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Christian Pulisic grew to become the primary American man to play in a Champions League final on Saturday.
He got here away with a winner’s medal, too — and virtually a aim.
The Chelsea ahead got here on as a substitute in the 66th minute along with his crew main Manchester City 1—zero in Porto.
The 22-year-old Pulisic, who joined Chelsea from German membership Borussia Dortmund in 2019, had a probability to double the lead when he lifted the ball over City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes nevertheless it went extensive in the 73rd.
“I wish I’d put away the chance I had,” he stated. “I didn’t quite get under it the way I wanted but in the end, this team … we were always going to win this game and I’m just so proud of them.”
Pulisic, from Hershey, Pennsylvania, celebrated along with his mother and father after the final whistle contained in the Estadio do Dragao. He posed with the Champions League trophy in a USA sweatshirt.
His second season with Chelsea was hampered by persistent hamstring accidents earlier than Christmas, however he has performed an more and more influential function since Thomas Tuchel arrived as supervisor in January.
“I’m just so proud, so proud to be here,” he stated. “It’s been a difficult road for me. I couldn’t imagine winning the Champions League ever in my life. Now I’m here and it’s just crazy.”
Pulisic is the second American to win the Champions League, after Jovan Kirovski in 1997. Kirovski gained it with Dortmund however didn’t characteristic in the final, solely making two substitute appearances in the group stage.
Another American, goalkeeper Zack Steffen, was an unused substitute for City.
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