Christian Pulisic assists brilliantly and scores a sitter

Christian Pulisic scored third-place Cheslea's fourth goal in a 4-0 win over 18th-place Burnley and assisted on its second.

In 69th minute, Pulisic was well-positioned to pounced on misplay by James Tarkowski and score from five yards out. It marked his fourth goal in 14 games this season and first since Jan. 2. 

The German Kai Havertz made it 2-0 off Pulisic's assist -- his first of the season -- and scored the 3-0 for his fourth goal of the season.

After combining with Reece James on right wing at the outside edge of the penalty area, Pulisic faked toward the goal line, then pivoted back to curve in a precise left-footed cross to Havertz. 

Christian Pulisic
(Pro league goals)
Year – games: goals-assists
English Premier League/Chelsea
2021-22 – 14: 4-1
2020-21 – 27: 4-2
2019-20 – 25: 9-6
Bundesliga/Borussia Dortmund
2018-19 – 20: 4-2
2017-18 – 32: 4-6
2016-17 – 29: 3-8
2015-16 – 9: 2-0

With the victory, third-place Chelseas is, with a game in hand, six points ahead of fourth-place Manchester United, 13 points behind leader Manchester City, and 10 behind second-place Liverpool.

11 comments about "Christian Pulisic assists brilliantly and scores a sitter".
  1. Bob Ashpole, March 5, 2022 at 5:22 p.m.

    Very pretty move on the assist. The young man has talent.

    And Frank...not a bit of turbo showing there. Just wish the US coaches were not one-trick ponies. I can't help but think we have the NT players both men and women to play a better game if only the coaches were up to it. 

  2. R2 Dad replied, March 5, 2022 at 8:19 p.m.


  3. frank schoon replied, March 6, 2022 at 8:56 a.m.

    Bob, I don't know why you brought up Turbo . There is no need or rather no space for turbo for he's so close to the goal and therefore no space to run in anywhere. If this took place 15meters further back, it would have been turbo. He's looking to pass, for that's the only option. Notice Havertz calling for the ball for his defender is giving him the space... 

    As far as judging this pass to be a pass of 'talent'. Come on, if you're playing in this league and you can't make a pass like that , you shouldn't be out there in the first place. This is what you're suppose to be able to do as an attacker with a receiver not being guarded to closely....

  4. frank schoon replied, March 6, 2022 at 11:18 a.m.

    Bob ,check this out, No turbo....The best indoor soccer player in Holland and voted best in the world at one time

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, March 7, 2022 at 1:24 a.m.

    Frank, the clip isn't available anymore. In bringing up turbo, my point was that Pulisic isn't limited to just turbo. 

    If I understood correctly, your point is that what is expected of a pro playing at that level. My response, is that we have never had the ability to field a full side of players capable of playing at that level. Bradley and those before him did well with the pool they had, but the level of play been downhill since even though the pool has improved.

  6. frank schoon replied, March 7, 2022 at 8:47 a.m.

    Bob, to say he is not limited to just Turbo really doesn't mean anything. Let me give you an example of Jordan Morris who is a limited player technically and is known for explosiveness, turbo and hustle. During a game, it can happen, he can beat two people one after another by pulling a couple cut backs causing the fans to say 'wow, he can dribble too'... REALLY? This can happen but that doesn't mean he's a good dribbler or  good 1v1 player....That's not his forte but it can happen from time to time. Pulisic likewise can show a certain skill needed that he's normally not known for that goes against his usual style of play...It happens....Realize Turbo is his style and from time to time he can execute ,because the game at that moment overrides and demands something else that does not fit his style....But to say he can do other things as well, is a very deceptive for players feel comfortable in what they are use to , which is the style they portray.....

    I was always a lousy header, I didn't go for a head ball for often I didn't see the need to go up for a head ball because I calculated the results wasn't worth it...But I've scored some nice goals with my head , not many for most came from my foot, and therefore it doesn't follow that I can head the ball well. It was due to the situation that was presented to me not that I can  it created myself. Although the goal that I scored with my head looked nice, it in no way represented my great heading ability which I didn't have....You have to look at the total picture of me as a player and heading was not a stand out feature but a very minor ,but minor ability, and to say 'yes, he can head the ball too', doesn't prove anything.....

    This is the first time you actually watched Pulisic in this light but to say he can pass as well as he did given this assist doesn't prove much to me until it becomes part of his game ,like Ziyech does so often making that pass in a game....

  7. frank schoon replied, March 7, 2022 at 9:05 a.m.

    Bob, I just read that Orange County, requires all athletes to have now an electrocardio exam with  their physical...Why? We were discussing the other day about the high rate of athletes in sports all of a sudden dying or falling unconscious on the field as you read it in the papers...I wonder what is causing this but you say this is normal....I don't think so. Nothing is really discussed in the news about it....I think things are held back and not talked about...I could be wrong and some might see it as conspiracy talk, but something here is not kosher...

  8. Bob Ashpole replied, March 8, 2022 at 3:18 a.m.

    Frank the doctors are checking for heart murmurs and irregular beats. I trust my doctors ear, not the EKG. The value of the EKG is that it is an objective, quantifiable measurement which can be used as a baseline. It is unrealistic to expect a doctor to remember the heartbeats of all his patients.

  9. frank schoon replied, March 8, 2022 at 8:01 a.m.

    Bob, that's not the point. Why now? They never did before. To me too much of this is happening where players collapse on the field or in the gym...I tend to read Dutch as well as American sites but I find interesting it is not covered as well here. And doesn't help when Twitter ,Facebook ,and YouTube have their narrative and decides what is covered on the COVID aspects...I personally think we're not getting the full story

  10. frank schoon replied, March 8, 2022 at 9:59 a.m.

    Bob, here is that clip

     HVHTV Aflevering 54; Edwin Grünholz goals - YouTube

  11. Ben Myers, March 6, 2022 at 11:33 a.m.

    What impressed me the most about Pulisic is that he had no hesitation about lofting a pass with his left foot. I've always had a soft spot for two-footed players able to make the play with the non-dominant foot, whether a shot, a pass or a dribble. 

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