Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna and Weston McKennie score goals on banner day for USMNT players in Europe
Three Americans scored in Europe’s top five leagues on the same day for the first time in 15 years — since the father of one of the trio was among the U.S. players on the field.
Three Americans scored in Europe’s top five leagues on the same day for the first time in 15 years — since the father of one of the trio was among the U.S. players to score.
Gio Reyna scored his second Bundesliga goal in Borussia Dortmund's 1-1 tie at Eintracht Frankurt on Saturday. Weston McKennie got his first goal for Juventus in a 2-1 victory over city rival Torino in Italy's Serie A, and Christian Pulisic scored his first goal this season in Chelsea's 3-1 Premier League win over Leeds.
Reyna, the 18-year-old son of former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna and American women's player Danielle Egan, scored on a 16-yard right-foot shot in the 56th minute, offsetting Daichi Kamada's ninth-minute goal.
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McKennie, a 22-year-old from Little Elm, Texas, in his first season with Juventus, scored a tying goal on a leaping 6-yard header in the 77th minute from a Juan Cuadrado cross. McKennie had entered the match six minutes earlier.
Pulisic, a 22-year-old from Hershey,, scored Chelsea’s final goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time, on a sliding left-foot shot from close range off a pass from Tim Werner. Chelsea moved into the Premier League lead, one point ahead of Tottenham and Liverpool, which both play Sunday. Pulisic, who entered in the 30th minute after Hakim Ziyech got hurt, returned from a hamstring injury on Nov. 29.
The previous time three Americans scored in Europe’s top five leagues was on Aug. 27, 2005, according to Opta. Fulham’s Brian McBride scored in a 1-0 win over Everton, Manchester City’s Claudio Reyna scored the first goal in a 2-1 victory over Portsmouth, and Eintracht Frankurt’s Jermaine Jones scored in a 1-0 win over Nuremberg.
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