Pulisic Watch: USMNT, Chelsea star dangerous, if a bit rusty, in Sevilla

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Pulisic Watch: American winger Christian Pulisic returned to Chelsea’s starting lineup in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League group decider at Sevilla, leaving on a rare yellow card with the Blues ahead 2-0.

Pulisic took four shots in 67 minutes, seeing two blocked, one saved, and one wide of the mark.

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The 22-year-old USMNT star also took his first yellow card in a Chelsea shirt and just the sixth of his young but established career.


Pulisic Watch

27′ — The American drives the left with a 40-yard dribble, getting into the box to open up a left-foot shot that was blocked out for a corner.

29′ — Pulisic drives the left in a similar fashion, deprived of a second shot by a Sergi Gomes slide tackle.

30′ — He’s got the ball again, feinting right and going to left to earn another corner with a deflected shot.

31′ — Takes the ball outside the 18 and plays Emerson Palmeiri wide, the Italian’s invitation intercepted by Sevilla goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor.

43′ — Pulisic slides into the legs of Oscar Rodriguez and sees a yellow card for his troubles. Cautions are rare for Pulisic, who has just six yellows in 202 senior appearances between club and country.

54′ — Callum Hudson-Odoi slides a ball through the six but the American finds his route to the back post cut off and the chance goes for nothing, though the Blues would score with a minute.

61′ — The Pulisic-Giroud chemistry is real, and the American takes a heavy touch of a clever 1-2 with the Frenchman and sees his cross blocked for another corner.

65′ — Pulisic sees another shot blocked out for a corner, the margins fine and the player maybe just a bit off in technique but not instincts; The American was finding spaces all day.

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