IT’S PENNSYLVANIA’S OWN PULISIC VS. STEFFEN FOR CHAMPIONS TITLE!

By Mary Cunningham

It’s Chelsea vs. Manchester City today for the Champions League title.

And a bit of U.S. soccer history will be made when either Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic or Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen will become just the second American to ever win the UEFA Champions League.

Though they play decidedly different roles for their clubs — Steffen is the backup to Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, while Pulisic cycles between starting and playing an impactful role off the bench for Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel — the presence of two U.S. internationals at the pinnacle of the sport is a significant point of pride for American soccer.

The occasion also harkens back to an intersection in their origin stories: Nine years ago, in August 2012, a 13-year-old Pulisic and a 17-year-old Steffen both suited up for the Union at the Generation Adidas Cup youth tournament outside of Seattle.

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