Christian Pulisic recorded his first assist of the season. (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)

By Michael Lewis Editor

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.

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.


Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at