The 21-year-old USMNT attacker put his side ahead after just five minutes at Wembley to set a new first for his nation
Christian Pulisic made history on Saturday with his early FA Cup final goal to put Chelsea ahead against Arsenal, while also becoming the youngest man to score in the fixture since Cristiano Ronaldo 16 years ago.
Pulisic, 21, featured from the start at Wembley as the Blues looked to regain the FA Cup they lifted in the 2017-18 season.
And he gave his side the perfect start, converting from close range past Emiliano Martinez after just five minutes with the Gunners defence caught flat-footed.
The former Borussia Dortmund prodigy is only the third United States international to have appeared in English football’s historic showpiece clash, after Sheffield Wednesday‘s John Harkes in 1993 and Tim Howard, who represented both Manchester United (2004) and Everton (2007) in the clash.
Neither of those stars had managed to score in a final, marking Pulisic out as the first to do so among his compatriots.
Pulisic’s strike was also Chelsea’s fastest in an FA Cup final since Roberto Di Matteo hit the net with less than a minute on the clock against Middlesbrough back in 1997.
At just 21 years and 318 days, meanwhile, he is the youngest man to score in the fixture since Cristiano Ronaldo, who was aged 19 years and 106 days when he opened the scoring for Manchester United against Millwall in 2004’s edition at the Millennium Stadium.
The US international’s feat did not go unnoticed, with several of his USMNT colleagues and many observers taking to social media in order to pay tribute to his special talents.
— Goal (@goal) August 1, 2020
1 – @cpulisic_10 is the first American player to score in an FA Cup final, while it was Chelsea’s quickest goal in the final of the competition since Roberto Di Matteo in 1997 (first minute v Middlesbrough). Blocks. #FACupFinal #ARSCHE pic.twitter.com/QKOM5AiOqn
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 1, 2020
@cpulisic_10 ⚡️start kid 👏🏾
— Zack Steffen (@zackstef_23) August 1, 2020
@cpulisic_10 is a baaaaaaaaaaaad man 🔥 🔥 🔥
— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) August 1, 2020
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) August 1, 2020
Pulisic scores the opening goal of FA Cup Final for Chelsea. And it’s a beauty 💥
— Stu Holden (@stuholden) August 1, 2020