Christian Pulisic, pictured against Mexico, struck again off the bench. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
As he slowly gets full match fit from his ankle injury, Christian Pulisic has been relegated to second-half super-sub for club and country.
For the second time in nine days, the U.S. men’s national team standout came off the bench to score for his side.
Only nine minutes after replacing Kai Havertz in the Chelsea lineup, Pulisic scored in the 71st minute for the final goal of the Blues’ 3-0 triumph at Leicester City in the English Premier League on Saturday.
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Pulisic took a right-wing feed from Hakim Ziyech, who came on at the same time, and slipped in the ball from close-range past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
On Nov. 12, Pulisic struck for the winning goal only five minutes after coming on as a sub in the Americans’ 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Mexico in Cincinnati.