On Wednesday, March 8, U.S. MNT attacker Christian Pulisic added another record to his long list of accolades by scoring for Borussia Dortmund in their second leg UEFA Champions League tie against Benfica. By netting the decisive goal in the two-leg series, Pulisic became the youngest American to record a goal in the UEFA Champions League at 18 years, 164 days.
He’s the seventh U.S. international to score in the tournament. Here’s a complete look at the players in that elite fraternity.
Jovan Kirovski became the first American to get a UEFA Champions League medal, doing so with Borussia Dortmund during the 1996-97 competition. The following year he became the first U.S. player to score in the tournament, tallying during a 3-0 win against Sparta Prague in the group stage on Dec. 10, 1997.
At 21 years, 267 days, Kirovski was also the youngest U.S. player to score in the competition until Pulisic converted against Benfica.
Having transferred to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in July 2004, it took DaMarcus Beasley just four months to make his mark in European competition as he tallied the lone goal in a 1-0 victory against Rosenborg at Philips Stadion.
The goal was the first of four for Beasley during PSV’s run to the UEFA Champions League Semifinals, where the winger became the first American to play in the competition’s penultimate round.
As a member of Rangers FC three years later, Beasley also became the first American to score for two different teams in the Champions League when he potted the first goal in a 3-0 shutout of Olympique Lyon. Beasley also assisted on the two other goals in the match, making a memorable night for the Scottish side in France.
Beasley’s five UEFA Champions League goals stand as the most all-time among U.S. players.
Three years after Beasley, fellow Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu also found the back of the net, rising above goalkeeper César in a 1-1 draw with Valencia on Oct. 20, 2010 at Ibrox.
Though he’d tallied a couple goals in previous UEFA Champions League qualifiers, Sacha Kljestan bagged his first in the regular competition with the only goal in Anderlecht’s 3-1 defeat at Olympiakos on Dec. 10, 2013.
Jermaine Jones actually scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League for Schalke in a 2-0 win at Rosenborg on Oct. 3, 2007, but at that point he wasn’t eligible to apply for a change of association with FIFA to represent the United States.
His first Champions League goal as a U.S. international came six years later as he smashed home a shot from the top of the penalty area in the 45th minute of Schalke’s 1-1 draw at Galatasaray on Feb. 20, 2013.
The MNT winger opened his UEFA Champions League account for Borussia Mönchengladbach with a nifty finish against Italian giants Juventus in a 1-1 draw on Nov. 3, 2015.
Three weeks later he scored a spectacular second strike, curling a right-footed effort around goalkeeper Sergio Rico in a 4-2 win against Sevilla on Nov. 25, 2015.
Having already recorded assists during matches against Real Madrid and Legia Warsaw during the Group Stage, the 18-year-old was handed the start in the second leg of Borussia Dortmund’s Round of 16 tie with Benfica on March 8, 2017.
With BVB trailing 1-0 on aggregate heading into the match, Pulisic’s flick-on header in the fourth minute set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equalizer. The U.S. international would then give BVB the series clinching goal, chipping home a through ball from Łukasz Piszczek to lead BVB to a 4-0 win and a place in the Champions League Quarterfinals.
The strike was Pulisic’s fourth across all competitions during the 2016-17 season, and made him the youngest American to score in the Champions League