Christian Pulisic scored twice in the opening half for Chelsea. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Christian Pulisic certainly made the most out of his first start for Chelsea in almost two months, striking three times to power the Blues to a 4-2 victory at Burnley Saturday afternoon.
He tallied his first professional hat-trick as Chelsea won its seventh consecutive win across all competitions.
Pulisic, who transferred from Borussia Dortmund (Germany), joined the retired Clint Dempsey as the only American men to record an English Premier League hat-trick. He also became the first USA player to register a natural hat-trick in the league and the youngest Chelsea player to secure a hat-trick in the EPL.
“I came to the team and I wanted to make an impact,” Pulisic said. “It’s not going to happen overnight.”
Pulisic connected for a unique hat-trick, scoring goals with both feet and his head.
Asked what was his favorite goal, the Hershey, Pa. native replied, “It’s tough to say. I would have to go with the left foot.”
That was his first goal as the U.S. international lifted the visitors into the lead in the 21st minute.
Pulisic dispossessed Burnley’s Matt Lowton of the ball, bolted down the field, pulled off a step-over move before sending a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Nick Pope into the lower right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
He became the first American to score an EPL goal for the Blues.
The 21-year-old winger was hardly finished, adding second goal in the 45th minute as he picked up the ball in a dangerous area. Pulisic raced down the field and drilled … His shot was deflected into the net, but Pulisic was given credit for the goal.
In the 56th minute, Pulisic secured his hat-trick in 56th. A Chelsea corner kick was cleared out, but the visitors sent it back into the box and Pulisic, with his back to the goal, headed it home from six yards for a 3-0 advantage.
After his third goal, Chelseas fans chanted, “USA! USA! USA!”
“I feel he’s going to be a really good player for us,” Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said. “Delighted for him, delighted for him.”
Chelsea extended its lead to four goals before Burnley struck for two late goals.
“It was a real good team performance,” Pulisic said. “I wish we could have kept a clean sheet.”
Pulisic, who had an impressive performance coming off the bench against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League, impressed Lampard enough to give him the start Saturday.