Christian Pulisic made history on Saturday with his early FA Cup final goal to put Chelsea ahead of Arsenal.
He became the youngest man to score in the match since Cristiano Ronaldo 16 years ago. He is also the first American international to score a goal in the men’s FA Cup final
The 21-year-old Pulisic was seen from the start in Wembley when the Blues wanted to regain the FA Cup that they lifted in the 2017-18 season.
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And he gave his side the perfect start and converted close up past Emiliano Martinez after just five minutes while the Gunners’ defense was caught flat-footed.
The former prodigy of Borussia Dortmund is only the third international of the United States to appear in the historic showpiece of English football, after John Harkes of Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 and Tim Howard, who are both Manchester United (2004) and Everton (2007 ) represented in the match.
Neither star had managed to score in a final, making Pulisic the first to do so among his countrymen.
Pulisic was also Chelsea’s fastest in an FA Cup final since Roberto Di Matteo hit the net in under a minute against Middlesbrough in 1997.
At only 21 years and 318 days, he is now the youngest man to score in the game since Cristiano Ronaldo, who was 19 years and 106 days old when he opened the score for Manchester United against Millwall in the 2004 edition at Millennium Stadium.
The US international’s performance did not go unnoticed, with several of his USMNT colleagues and many observers going to social media to pay tribute to his special talents.
Pulisic scores the opening goal of the FA Cup final for Chelsea. And it is a beauty 💥
– Stu Holden (@stuholden) August 1, 2020