Aug 01, 2020
Chelseas Pulisic the 1st American scorer in an FA Cup final
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LONDON (AP) — Christian Pulisic has become the first American to score in an FA Cup final.
The 21-year-old winger gave Chelsea a 1-0 lead over Arsenal in the fifth minute at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, slotting in from close range after being set up by Olivier Giroud’s flick.
Pulisic scored his 11th goal in all competitions in his first season at Chelsea.
The former Borussia Dortmund player is the third American to play in an FA Cup final after midfielder John Harkes for Sheffield Wednesday in 1993, and goalkeeper Tim Howard for Manchester United in 2004 and Everton in 2009.
The 139th FA Cup final is the first to be played in front of no fans due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
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Chelsea told Declan Rice will cost more than £80m with West Ham reluctant to agree transfer for star man
CHELSEA will reportedly have to fork out more than £80million to bring Declan Rice back to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues released West Ham star Rice as a teenager but are eager to bring him back to West London.2Declan Rice is valued at over £80m by West HamCredit: Getty Images - Getty
The Times reports Rice is valued at over £80m by the Hammers.
And David Moyes' side are not at all keen to sell the 21-year-old to their London rivals.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest Blues news
Despite usually playing as a central midfielder, Frank Lampard is looking to utilise Rice's versatility if he can snare the player from the club where the Chelsea boss started out himself.
Lampard has identified Rice as a John Terry-like figure who can lead from the back and become an imperious figure in the heart of the defence.
The Blues conceded more goals than any other side in the Premier League's top ten last season, and Lampard hopes Rice can help fix his leaky defence.
West Ham have reportedly already rejected a deal involving Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley going the other way.2Declan Rice posed with Didier Drogba on holidayCredit: Instagram @declanrice
Rice is on holiday with best mate and Chelsea ace Mason Mount.
The pair grew up together at Cobham and are sunning it up in Mykonos, Greece.
Chelsea fans were convinced Rice would be on his way to the club after he was pictured with "Agent Drogba".
The England international posed alongside the Chelsea legend on his travels.
Rice grew up a dedicated Blues fan with Chelsea posters on his bedroom wall and had to deal with the rejection from his boyhood club when he was released at a young age.View this post on Instagram
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But he was soon snapped up by West Ham aged 14, with Chelsea bosses left to rue the decision to offload the talented youngster.
Despite the strong interest in Rice, reports suggest the Hammers are yet to field any firm offers for the ex-Republic of Ireland international.
Chelsea are likely to come in with a first offer in the region of £50m, well below West Ham's valuation.Stuart Pearce thinks Declan Rice can ‘handle playing at a big club’ amid Chelsea interest