Christian Pulisic made history as the first US man in a Champions League final on Saturday.
Pulisic, who played 36 caps for the United States, came on as a substitute in the 66th minute of Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Manchester City at the Estadio do Dragao.
– Man City, Chelsea have ruled England and will continue
Pulisic, 22, is the record holder for goals this season (2), career appearances (35), assists (7) and minutes for an American in competition and was added to his list of records when he replaced Timo Werner with Chelsea in Porto.
With the win of Chelsea, the Pennsylvania native was only the second American to win the Champions League, alongside Jovan Kirovski, who won the competition with Borussia Dortmund in 1997. But Kirovski only played parts of two group games this season.
Pulisic had made an important contribution to Chelsea’s title win this season and led the team with three goal participations – one goal and two assists – in the knockout phase.
With the win on Saturday, Chelsea won their second European title in three finals. They lost the 2008 final to Manchester United before dramatically defeating Bayern Munich on penalties in 2012.
The final was originally scheduled for Istanbul, but the UK government’s decision to put Turkey on its red travel list forced UEFA to find a new venue for the all-English game. All those entering the UK from Turkey must be quarantined at an airport hotel for 10 days.
Up to 16,500 people attended, with City and Chelsea receiving around 6,000 tickets each, though the London club returned more than 800 unsold tickets. Another 1,700 tickets were released to the general public and sold out on Tuesday.