Chelsea won the Champions League title on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Premier League rival Manchester City thanks to a goal just before halftime by German midfielder Kai Havertz.
However, United States soccer star Christian Pulisic drew headlines when he replaced Timo Werner in the 66th minute to become the first American male to play in a Champions League final.
After the match, Pulisic told reporters that he hopes his success on Europe’s biggest stage will serve as an inspiration for young soccer players in America.
“I hope there’s some kids watching back home in America thinking they can do the same,” Pulisic said. “… You can do anything you want to.”
Pulisic has been one of America’s brightest young soccer stars since signing with Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund as a 16-year-old in 2015. The Pennsylvania native later joined Chelsea on a five-year contract in 2019.
Pulisic was voted the United States Player of the Year in 2017 and was the USMNT’s star player in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the summer of 2019. In 52 games with Chelsea, he has 13 goals and six assists.