What a jam-packed weekend it was both at home and abroad. Your team, your town, your Philadelphia Union remained in first place in the Eastern Conference. Plus, the English Premier League – which you can now legally bet on in Pennsylvania – saw the season got off to a rip-roaring start, including the debut of a Pennsylvania kid. Let’s get to it.
Hershey Native Pulisic Debuts for Chelsea
For those who might recall, back around New Year’s Day, Borussia Dortmund of the Bundesliga agreed on a $73.1m transfer of American Wunderkind -and Hershey, PA native- Christian Pulisic to EPL juggernaut Chelsea FC, making him the most expensive American transfer of all time. Pulisic finished off his 2018-19 campaign with Dortmund before joining his new club this summer. While Pulisic was is great form heading into his squad’s opening day game, new manager Frank Lampard opted to bring the American off the bench in the 58th minute:
Of the decision to bring Pulisic on as as substitute, Lampard said:
Christian Pulisic is 20 years old and he’s come across from Dortmund. He will be a fantastic player for the club. He has got great ability. You saw little moments with his acceleration on the ball, but I have also got other options in midfield and in those areas, and I don’t want to stick Christian straight into the fire without trying to help him along the way. It was one of those games where I felt it was better to start with Ross [Barkley] and Mason [Mount], who have been very strong in pre-season, and bring Christian on. If the game had carried on at 1-0, or we were back in the game as we should have been, he would have been a great injection. In the end it was difficult for him because the game went quickly away from us.”
In the end, it didn’t matter much as Chelsea fell in a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford.
There’s plenty more from Pulisic and the Philadelphia Union after the jump, including Pulisic endearing himself to Philly fans, except for choosing Sheetz over a local convenience store: