Christian Pulisic recorded his first assist of the season. (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
Christian Pulisic hasn’t played very much for Chelsea this season, so he needs to make the most out of every minute he is in the game.
On Saturday, he did – in such an important way.
The U.S. men’s national team standout set up the Blues’ game-winning goal in the 90th minute in their 2-1 comeback win over Crystal Palace in English Premier League action at Selhurst Park in London on Saturday.
Pulisic replaced Mason Mount in the 84th minute and slipped a deft pass in traffic to Conor Gallagher for the dramatic goal that snapped a 1-1 deadlock. It was his first assist this season.
Pulisic gets the ball to Conor Gallagher and Gallagher does the rest.
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The Hershey, Pa. native seemed to be left on former head coach Thomas Tuchel’s forgotten list earlier this season. Graham Potter has used Pulisic sparingly as well, which is not the best way for any player, especially for the USA’s great hope at the World Cup in Qatar next month.
Pulisic has played 182 minutes in nine games across all competitions for the EPL side this campaign, barely more than two full matchhes.
Next up for Chelsea and Pulisic will meet A.C. Milan and USMNT defender Sergino Dest in a UEFA Champions League match at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.