English Recap: Pulisic Wins it for Chelsea

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Five Yanks saw the field this weekend in England, with Christian Pulisic scoring the game winner for Chelsea over West Ham, and both Lynden Gooch and Duane Holmes having strong outings.

Chelsea 1 – 0 West Ham

Christian Pulisic was brought off of the bench in the 76th minute and scored the game winner at the death of the game to give Chelsea a crucial three points.

The game was back and forth, Chelsea with more of the chances throughout the game. Jorginho had the opportunity to win it in the 87th minute on the back of a West Ham mistake after Romelulu Lukaku was brought down by Craig Dawson in the box, resulting in a penalty and a straight red card. The resulting penalty kick was saved.

In the 90th minute, Pulisic was on hand for a sweeping attack that saw the American tuck his shot in at the back post from 12 yards out, sending Stamford Bridge into elation. Pulisic ran in to the crowd to celebrate the vital win, keeping them in third place in the Premier League.

Up next for Chelsea is a Thursday game at Manchester United.

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Bournemouth 1 – 1 Fulham

Tim Ream went the distance while Antonee Robinson was a half time sub as first was pitted against second on Fulham’s visit to Bournemouth.

Aleksander Mitrovic scored his 41st goal of the season, winning himself Player of The Year for the Championship. The goal came in typical fashion, with a bit of controversy, a back post header that appeared to be palmed away by the Bournemouth goalkeeper.

The goal line technology showed that the ball was millimeters over the line, and the goal was called.

Fulham’s coach was sent off as he protested the 98th minute penalty decision, scored by Dominic Solanke, to level the game up. Fulham still sit in first place, but must wait to be crowned Champions of the Championship until a later date.

The next outing for Fulham is Tuesday against Nottingham Forest.

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Huddersfield Town 2 – 1 Barnsley

Duane Holmes went 89 minutes for Huddersfield Town as they won at home to Barnsley, putting them in third place in the Championship.

It was Holmes early shot that earned Huddersfield Town the fourth minute corner, which was turned in by Jordan Rhodes. After the initial flag went up, the referees had a quick chat, and the home team had the early lead.

The lead was doubled just before half time through Harry Toffolo at the back post after a cross from the wide area, with Holmes in the build up. A late wonder goal from Callum Styles in the 97th minute wasn’t enough, as the result relegated Barnsley to League One.

Huddersfield face off against Coventry, two points behind Bournemouth and automatic promotion.

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Sunderland 5 – 1 Cambridge United

Lynden Gooch went the distance in Sunderland’s thumping of ten-man Cambridge United, notching an assist in the game.

Ross Stewart was brought down in the box by Lloyd Jones in the 12th minute, the straight red resulting in a penalty kick, that Stewart neatly dispatched. The lead was doubled by Elliot Embleton in the 29th minute with a curling effort from nearly the corner.

Nathan Broadhead and Danny Batth scored as well, with Stewart netting his second of the night in the 36th minute. Before that however Cambridge pulled it back to 2-1 with a goal from Paul Digby in the 30th minute, a thumping shot from six yards out. Stewarts effort extended the lead with a clever finish after a weeping attack.

Gooch’s assist was after a bit of skill from the American, his ball in after beating his defender 1v1 on the outside saw Broadhead score in the 53rd minute. The scoring was finished off in the 72nd minute with a far post header.

Sunderland sit in fourth place, six points behind second place Rotherham, who they face on Tuesday.

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Josh Sargent is still out through injury and didn’t feature in Norwich’s 3-0 loss against Newcastle.

Zack Steffen was on the bench as Manchester City won 5-1 at home to Watford.

Coach Jesse Marsch’s Leeds face off against Crystal Palace on Monday.

Coach Chris Armas’ Manchester Untied lost to Arsenal 3-1.

Folarin Balogun was an unused substitute in Middlesbrough’s 1-1 draw at Swansea.

Ethan Horvath and Alex Mighten were unused substitutes in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 away win against Peterboro.

Matthew Olosunde and Preston North end face off against Blackburn.

Daryl Dike is still out injured, and did not feature in West Brom’s 0-0 against Coventry City.

Charlie Kelman did not feature in Gillingham’s 3-1 loss to Portsmouth.

Marlon Fossey is out for the season and did not feature in Bolton’s 2-1 win at Cheltenham.

Vaughn Covil did not feature in Forest Green’s 0-0 at Bristol City.


Andrew Vorce

I do it all! Youth club coach for 15+ years, very retired semi-pro indoor player, journalist for Yanks Abroad, and VP of Operations for the Warrior Soccer Tour. Soccer, soccer, soccer. Avid soccer enthusiast and travel to Europe every summer to take kids to go compete against European youth teams.

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