US Exports: Christian Pulisic leaves injured after scoring for Chelsea in FA Cup Final vs Arsenal

Christian Pulisic injured - Chelsea - August 1, 2020

It was a heartbreaking ending to the FA Cup final for Chelsea and US national team star Christian Pulisic, who was selected to the starting lineup against rivals Arsenal.

After continuing his torrid scoring stretch with a 5th minute goal, Pulisic was forced off two minutes into the second half with what looked like an apparent hamstring injury. He looked distraught as he left the field with the help of trainers.

He scored the goal that put Chelsea up 1-0 before Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng equalized from the penalty spot later in the first half. 

By scoring the goal Pulisic became the first American to score in the final. 

Aubamayeng would go on to add the winner in the 67th minute, sending Chelsea to a gutting 2-1 defeat.

It had been a magical restart to the season for Pulisic who has become Chelsea's most important attacking player in its run to a Champions League berth and an FA Cup final berth.

Pulisic, who was signed last offseason from Borussia Dortmund for $73 million, finished his first English Premier League season at Chelsea with nine goals and six assists in 25 matches.

The 21-year-old made history by becoming only the third US international to appear in the prestigious FA Cup final. Former Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard played in two editions:

Chelsea also still have faint Champions League hopes but they'll have to hope for a miracle comeback without Pulisic, as manager Frank Lampard confirmed after the match that he will not be fit in time for the Blues' second leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series against Alphonso Davies and Bayern Munich on Aug. 8. The German champions hold a 3-0 aggregate lead going into the matchup.