USMNT REWIND: McKennie, Pulisic and Reyna Score on Milestone Day for USMNT Players in Europe

Saturday Marked the First Time U.S. Players Found the Back of the Net in the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A on the Same Day
By: Michael Lewis

It was a milestone weekend for U.S. Men’s National team players across Europe.

Weston McKennie, Gio Reyna and Christian Pulisic found the back of the net for their respective clubs on Saturday, marking the first time U.S. players have scored on the same day in the Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga and English Premier League.

McKennie also became the first American to score for Juventus and third USMNT player to register a goal in Serie A.

Only six minutes after coming on as a substitute, the 22-year-old midfielder scored for Juve in its 2-1 home win over Torino in the Derby della Mole. McKennie headed home a Juan Cuadrado cross in the 77th minute to knot things up at 1-1 before teammate Leonardo Bonucci tallied the game-winner in the 89th minute.


He joined Michael Bradley and Alexi Lalas as USMNT players who have scored in Serie A.

On loan from Schalke 04 with an option to buy, McKennie has made five starts and 10 appearances for Juve and has also registered an assist.

In Germany, Gio Reyna produced some magic and an important goal for Borussia Dortmund, converting the equalizer in its 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.

With Dortmund trailing in the 56th minute, the 18-year-old attacker tallied his second goal of the season. Reyna took a pass from Jadon Sancho on the left flank of the attacking third, worked his way around defender Martin Hinteregger and drilled a brilliant 16-yard strike into the upper left corner past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.

Dortmund played without lethal striker Erling Haaland, who has been sidelined with a hamstring tear that will keep him out of action through December.

In England, Christian Pulisic tallied his first English Premier League goal for Chelsea this season, connecting three minutes into stoppage time to cap a 3-1 home win over Leeds United. The victory propelled the Blues atop the EPL for the time being. They sit a point ahead of Tottenham, which hosts Arsenal in the North London Derby on Sunday.

After coming on as a substitute for the injured Hakim Ziyech in the 30th minute, the 22-year-old midfielder slid home a pin-point right-wing cross from Timo Werner for an insurance goal past goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Pulisic also reached a milestone, becoming the fastest American to reach 10 EPL goals. He accomplished the feat in 30 matches, breaking the record set by Roy Wegerle (49 games). Pulisic was the fourth USMNT player to reach double digits in EPL goals, joining Clint Dempsey and Brian McBride in that exclusive club.

While he did not get credit for an assist, midfielder Tyler Adams played an important role on second-place RB Leipzig's final goal in its 3-3 draw at first-place Bayern Munich in a top of the table Bundesliga clash.


Adams sent a pass to the left flank to Angelino, who set up Emil Forsberg's 48th-minute goal. USMNT defender Chris Richards subbed replaced Jerome Boateng for the hosts in the 84th minute.

Nicholas Gioacchini drew a foul that set up the penalty-kick equalizer in Caen's 1-1 home draw with Grenoble Foot 38. Yoann Court converted the PK in the 76th minute. 

On Sunday, Richy Ledezma came off the bench in the 78th minute and helped set up the equalizing goal two minutes into stoppage time to help PSV earn a 2-2 draw with Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie. The 20-year-old midfielder centered a pass which was partially deflected before teammate Joel Piroe, slotted home the tying goal.

USMNT teammate Uly Llanez also took part in the match, entering for Heerenveen in the 71st minute. Llanez nearly set up a goal of his own just minutes before the PSV equalizer.

Only three minutes after entering the match in the 77th minute, Tim Weah assisted on the tying goal by Burak Yilmaz as Lille rallied to defeat Sparta Praha 2-1, in a UEFA Europa League match on Thursday, Dec. 3.

On the domestic front, USMNT forward Gyasi Zardes went the full 90 minutes as Columbus Crew SC defeated New England Revolution 1-0 in the Eastern Conference Final. USMNT pool goalkeeper Matt Turner performed admirably for the Revolution, making six saves in the defeat.

Zardes and the Crew will host the winner of Monday’s Western Conference Final between Seattle Sounders FC and Minnesota United FC in the MLS Cup Final on Saturday, Dec. 12.


  • Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig; German Bundesliga) – 90 minutes in 3-3 draw at Bayern Munich (Dec. 5); 45 minutes as a substitute in a 4-3 win at Istanbul Basaksehir in UCL (Dec. 2)

  • John Brooks (Wolfsburg; German Bundesliga) – 90 minutes in 2-2 draw at Köln (Dec. 5)

  • Reggie Cannon (Boavista; Portuguese Primeira) – 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at Rio Ave (Dec. 6)

  • Johnny Cardoso (Internacional; Brazilian Serie A) – Not in 18, DNP in 2-2 draw at Atletico Mineiro (Dec. 6); Not in 18, DNP in 1-0 loss vs. Boca Juniors in CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup (Dec. 3)

  • Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona; Spain La Liga/Segunda B) - Not in 18, DNP in 2-1 loss at Cadiz (Dec. 5); 10 minutes as a substitute in 3-0 win at Ferencvaros in UCL (Dec. 2)

  • Sergiño Dest (Barcelona; Spain La Liga) – 77 minutes in 2-1 loss at Cadiz (Dec. 5); 90 minutes in 3-0 win at Ferencvaros in UCL (Dec. 2)

  • Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen; French Ligue 2) – 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Grenoble Foot 38 (Dec. 5)

  • Julian Green (Greuther Fürth; German Second Bundesliga) – 78 minutes in loss vs. Heidenheim (Dec. 5)

  • Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge; Belgian Pro League) - In 18, DNP in 1-0 win vs. Sint-Truiden (Dec. 5); In 18, DNP in 3-0 win vs. Zenit St. Petersburg in UCL (Dec. 2)

  • Duane Holmes (Derby County; English Championship) – 64 minutes in 1-0 win at Millwall (Dec. 5)

  • Richy Ledezma (PSV; Eredivisie) - 12 minutes as a substitute and ASSIST in 2-2 draw at Heerenveen (Dec. 6); In 18, DNP in 1-0 win at Granada in UEFA Europa League (Dec. 3)

  • Ulysses Llanez (Heerenveen; Dutch Eredivisie) – 19 minutes as a substitute in 2-2 draw vs. PSV (Dec. 6)

  • Weston McKennie (Juventus; Italian Serie A) – 19 minutes as a substitute and a GOAL in 2-1 win vs. Torino (Dec. 5); 90 minutes in 3-0 win vs. Dynamo Kyiv in UCL (Dec. 2)

  • Matt Miazga (RSC Anderlecht; Belgian First Division A) - 90 minutes in 2-2 draw at Zulte-Waregem (Dec. 4)

  • Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Düsseldorf; German Second Bundesliga) – 31 minutes as a substitute in 3-2 win vs. Darmstadt 98 (Dec. 4); 16 minutes as a substitute in 5-0 loss at Bochum (Nov. 30)

  • Yunus Musah (Valencia; Spain La Liga) - At Eibar (Monday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m.)

  • Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers; English Premier League) - Not in 18, DNP in a 4-0 loss at Liverpool (Dec. 6)

  • Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien; Austria Bundesliga)- 90 minutes in 4-0 loss vs. Sturm Graz (Dec. 5)

  • Christian Pulisic (Chelsea; English Premier League) – 60 minutes and GOAL in 3-1 win vs. Leeds United (Dec. 5); 67 minutes in 4-0 win vs. Sevilla in UCL (Dec. 2)

  • Tim Ream (Fulham; English Premier League) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 loss at Manchester City (Dec. 5); In 18, DNP in 2-1 win at Leicester City (Nov. 30)

  • Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund; German Bundesliga) – 90 minutes and GOAL in 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt (Dec. 5); 90 minutes in 1-1 draw vs. Lazio in UCL (Dec. 2)

  • Chris Richards (Bayern Munich; German Bundesliga/German 3.Liga) – 6 minutes as a substitute in 3-3 draw with RB Leipzig (Dec. 5); 28 minutes as a substitute in 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid in UCL Dec. 1)

  • Antonee Robinson (Fulham; English Premier League) – 90 minutes in 2-0 loss at Manchester City (Dec. 5); 90 minutes in 2-1 win at Leicester City (Nov. 30)

  • Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen; German Bundesliga) – 60 minutes in 2-1 loss vs. Stuttgart (Dec. 6)

  • Sebastian Soto (Telstar, Dutch Eerste Divisie) – DNP, suspension in 2-1 loss vs. Cambuur (Dec. 4); 60 minutes and GOAL and RED CARD in 2-1 win at Jong FC Utrecht (Monday, Nov. 30)

  • Zack Steffen (Manchester City; English Premier League) – In 18, DNP in 2-0 win vs. Fulham (Dec. 5); In 18, DNP in 0-0 draw at Porto in UCL (Dec. 1)

  • Tim Weah (Lille; French Ligue 1) – 21 minutes as a substitute in 2-1 win over Monaco (Dec. 7): 3 minutes and ASSIST as a substitute in 2-1 win vs. Sparta Praha in UEFA Europa League (Dec.3)

  • DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United; English Premier League) – No game this past weekend



  • Chase Gasper (Minnesota United) - 90 minutes in 3-0 win at Sporting Kansas City (Dec. 3); at Seattle Sounders FC (Monday, Dec. 7; 9:30 p.m. ET)

  • Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) - 89 minutes in 1-0 win vs. FC Dallas (Dec. 1); vs. Minnesota United, (Monday, Dec. 7, 9:30 p.m. ET)

  • Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC) - 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. FC Dallas (Dec. 1); at Seattle Sounders FC (Monday, Dec. 7; 9:30 p.m. ET)

  • Matt Turner (New England Revolution) – 90 minutes in 1-0 loss at Columbus Crew SC (Dec. 6)

  • Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC) – 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. New England Revolution (Dec. 6)

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