America’s favorite EPL team is playing a meaningless friendly ahead of the Premier League season opening and is all over one of the Red Bulls (the one from Salzburg) thanks to a brace from Christian Pulisic.
His first goal would come after he darted in past the defense, gathered the ball, and slotted a shot through the defender’s legs (if you squint, you can see Jesse Marsch silently wishing he was back in New Jersey).
THROUGH THE DEFENDER'S LEGS!— ESPN (@espn) July 31, 2019
Christian Pulisic gets his first goal for Chelsea! pic.twitter.com/Gfcn3qaW78
Then he was taken down in the box and set up a penalty for a player that hopes Frank Lampard has a use for him, Ross Barkley.
Pulisic wins a penalty immediately after scoring his first Chelsea goal.pic.twitter.com/tjm5W7cCxI— USMNT Only (@usmntonly) July 31, 2019
If there are questions about what Pulisic’s role under the NYCFC legend will be, it seems that the answer is - kick him the ball, let him run in behind the defense and see if he can score a goal.. because he’s done that three times and it’s only halftime.
Christian Pulisic so far:— ESPN (@espn) July 31, 2019
20' - GOAL
22' - Won a penalty
28' - GOAL pic.twitter.com/gYWHPDOzfy
Did I ever mention that the number 24 is my favorite number and that my support for Everton was both ironic and I only ever wanted the best for Ross Barkley when he left? Why did I just start singing - Come to the Shed and we’ll welcome you, Wear your blue and see us through? All we can go on is that this is a tune up game for The Blues, but if Pulisic can keep up this pace once real games start, he’ll score 76 goals this year and I’ll have to re-think that whole irony thing.