Americans Abroad: Pulisic scores for Chelsea, McKennie officially out

Lizzy Becherano
Christian Pulisic scored against Burnley to inspire the 4-0 victory for Chelsea
Christian Pulisic scored against Burnley to inspire the 4-0 victory for Chelsea / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

As the final World Cup qualifiers near, Americans abroad have been working diligently to reach their maximum potential. Christian Pulisic demonstrated once again why he stands as the USMNT's star figure, while Ethan Horvath continues to stake his claim for a national team call up.

This is the latest on American figures abroad...

1. Christian Pulisic scores for Chelsea

The American midfielder registered a goal and an assist as Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Burnley 4-0.

Minutes after Reece James broke the deadlock, Pulisic played distributor for the Blues second goal. The 23-year-old found his way into the box from the right wing before sending a cross to the back post to Kai Havertz, who headed the ball into the net.

The American then bagged a goal of his own when a failed clearance by Burnley defender James Tarkowski allowed him to strike the loose ball into the goal.

2. Weston McKennie is officially out for the season

Weston McKennie, Nikos Tzouroudis, Francesco Pieralisi
Weston McKennie is out for the rest of the 2022 season / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has since confirmed the player will be out for the rest of the season.

“The season is over for Weston because of his injury. He’ll be back next season,” Allegri said after Juventus 1-0 win over Spezia on Sunday.

The team initially projected an 8-12 week recovery period, which estimated the player would be watching from the sidelines as Juventus concluded their Serie A campaign on May 21.

McKennie will also miss the upcoming USMNT qualifiers.

3. Ethan Horvath features for Nottingham Forest

Ethan Horvath
Nottingham Forest's Ethan Horvath made his third consecutive start / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Ethan Horvath featured on Friday as Nottingham Forest managed a 1-1 road draw with Sheffield United. The American made five saves in his third consecutive start. 

Horvath worked diligently to keep Nottingham Forest in the game, denying Billy Sharp from grabbing his second goal of the match in the 69th minute before also repelling Daniel Jebbison’s stoppage-time effort.

Overall, the 26-year-old Horvath has made 10 saves during his three starts in Brice Samba’s absence, conceding only one goal and registering two clean sheets.

The goalkeeper could soon feature for the USMNT as they face a goalkeeping crisis with both Matt Turner and Zack Steffen out injured.

4. Honorable mentions

Sergino Dest
FC Barcelona's Sergino Dest featured in their victory on Sunday. / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

John Brooks played the full 90 minutes in Wolfsburg’s 1-0 win over Union Berlin on Saturday.

Sergino Dest was subbed into Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Elche on Sunday.

Yunus Musah played 73 minutes in Valencia’s 3-1 win over Granada on Saturday.

Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream played the full 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.