Christian Pulisic became the fastest American to score 10 goals in the EPL. (Photo special to FrontRowSoccer.com)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

For the very first time, American soccer players scored in Italy’s Serie A, English Premier League and the Bundesliga on the same day.

You can thank Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna for that achievement as they celebrated goals for their respective teams Saturday.

Paul Carr of TruMediaSports first pointed that out on Twitter.

Two of those goals were scored by U.S. national team players who came on as substitutes.

Here is how that unique hat-trick was accomplished in chronological order:

Gio Reyna

Gio Reyna started the day off for U.S. national team glory even if he wasn’t wearing Red, White and Blue. Instead, it was the yellow jersey for Borussia Dortmund as he tallied the equalizing goal in a 1-1 tie at Eintracht Frankfurt in Bundesliga action.

With the visitors facing a 1-0 deficit in the 56th minute, Reyna struck. The 18-year-old midfielder took a pass from Jadon Sancho worked his way around defender worked his way around defender Martin Hinteregger and fired a 16-yard shot into the upper left corner past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

 

“Gio Reyna produced a very good performance, not just because of his goal,” the head of Dortmund licensed player division Sebastian Kehl told the club website. “He was always dangerous in one-on-one situations and got the reward with his goal.”

Weston McKennie

McKennie joined an exclusive club, becoming the first American to score for Juventus and third USMNT player to register a goal in Serie A. Alexi Lalas and Michael Bradley were the other USMNT players who also accomplished that feat.

Just six minutes after entering the match as a substitute, McKennie scored for the Italian powerhouse in its 2-1 home victory over Torino in the Derby della Mole.

The 22-year-old McKennie headed home a Juan Cuadrado cross in the 77th minute past goalkeeper Salvatore Sirig for a 1-1 deadlock. Teammate Leonardo Bonucci struck for the game-winner in the 89th minute.

“It was a tough ,” McKennie was quoted on the Juventus website. “We struggled to find our rhythm and strike the balance to get in behind their compact defensive line in the first half. I wanted to give my all for the team because I always think about the team above all. As for my goal, I like to get into the box, which is what I did and it paid off. Cuadrado and I aren’t that similar as players, but we have a fantastic understanding. We’re pumped for the Barcelona game, so we’ll do our research on them and try to understand how we can get the best possible result.”

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic scored his first EPL goal for Chelsea this campaign, tallying three minutes into injury time in a 3-1 home triumph over Leeds United. The victory boosted Chelsea atop the league, a point over Tottenham, which hosts Arsenal in the North London Derby Sunday.

The 22-year-old midfielder began the match on the bench before he was called into action to replace the injured Hakim Ziyech in the half four. He didn’t cash on in on a couple of opportunities before finding the range late in the match. From close range, Pulisic slid home a pin-point right-wing cross from Timo Werner past goalkeeper Illan Meslier for the insurance goal.

Pulisic also reached a milestone, becoming the fastest American to reach 10 EPL goals. He accomplished that in 30 matches, breaking the mark set by former USMNT player Roy Wegerle (49 games). Pulisic also became the fourth USMNT player to reach double digits in EPL goals, joining Clint Dempsey and Brian McBride in that exclusive club.

“I was really pleased for Christian today because it has been a difficult period with the injury for him, when he gets frustrated in a good way because he wants to play,” Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said on the Chelsea website.

“After playing 60-plus minutes in Seville I knew this game needed a huge amount of energy from the players so I felt the wise thing was to start him on the bench and to give him maybe 30 minutes. So for him to play the period of the game he played with the intensity of the game, and to get his goal, because he has the incredible gift of arriving in the box centrally as a wideman, I was delighted and he is only going to get stronger.”