Christian Pulisic has won the CONCACAF Nations League trophy, and said Sunday’s triumph over Mexico was the perfect way to end his season as the Chelsea forward lifted another trophy just eight days after winning the Champions League.
The USMNT captain scored the winning penalty in the second half of extra time, leading the U.S. to a 3-2 win over rivals Mexico to win the inaugural final.
As captain, Pulisic was able to lift his first international trophy following one of the more chaotic games in this rivalry’s history.
“It’s just the perfect way to end the year, honestly,” he told CBS after the game as cited Goal.
“I’m so proud. I’m so proud of this group, and we needed everyone today and it was a phenomenal performance.”
He added: “We’re so proud and we still have a long way to go but we’re happy with this.”
Pulisic’s big moment came in the 114th minute with the score 2-2. After splitting two Mexico defenders with a run into the box, the Chelsea star was dragged down, prompting a VAR review.
During that VAR review, Mexico boss Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino was sent off and, following a lengthy delay, the penalty was eventually awarded.
Despite that delay, Pulisic wasn’t flustered as he smashed his spot-kick into the upper right-hand corner past Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico’s hero in the shootout win over Costa Rica on Thursday.