Watch USMNT's Christian Pulisic score hat trick, first Chelsea goals

Watch USMNT's Christian Pulisic score hat trick, first Chelsea goals

Chelsea attacker Christian Pulisic made good on his first English Premier League start in two months in a big way Saturday.

The United States Men's National Team star scored his first hat trick for the Blues -- and his first in the Premier League -- against Burnley, setting the tone for Chelsea's 4-2 win at Turf Moor.

In the 21st minute, Pulisic capitalized on a Burnley giveaway in midfield, charging up the pitch and coolly finishing past goalkeeper Nick Pope at the far post with his left foot.

Pulisic struck on the counter-attack once more just before halftime, capitalizing on another Burnley miscue in their own half. The 21-year-old gathered the ball just in front of the halfway line, carrying it into the Burnley box and doubling Chelsea's lead with a deflected shot in the 45th minute.

The American star did not stop scoring in the second half. Pulisic, standing unmarked in Burnley's penalty area, climbed and headed a Chelsea cross past Pope to clinch his first Premier League hat trick.

Pulisic became only the second American to score three goals in a Premier League match, joining USMNT legend Clint Dempsey as the only players to do so. He also kept company with a Chelsea legend after scoring with his right foot, left foot and head.

Willian scored Chelsea's fourth two minutes after Pulisic's third, but the day belonged to the American.

Chelsea signed Pulisic in January for the highest-ever transfer fee for an American player, but playing time had been hard to come by after he joined the club this summer. Pulisic started for Chelsea on Saturday for the first time since a Sept. 25 Carabao Cup match. He had not started in the Premier League since Aug. 31, but the American played his back into starting consideration for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard with a string of strong performances off the bench. On Wednesday, Pulisic assisted on Michi Batshuyahi's 86th-minute winner against Ajax in the Champions League group-stage match.

The goal-scoring monkey now is off Pulisic's back, and Lampard could have a much harder time leaving Pulisic out of his starting XI moving forward. That surely will excite Chelsea supporters and USMNT fans looking for glimmers of hope during an otherwise dismal period. 

DeAndre Yedlin echoes grandpa's heartbreak over George Floyd's death

DeAndre Yedlin echoes grandpa's heartbreak over George Floyd's death

DeAndre Yedlin is one of the United States Men's National Team's most recognizable faces, with more caps (62) to his name than all but three players (Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Brad Guzan).

The Newcastle United right back also is African American, and he revealed in a Twitter thread Tuesday that his 74-year-old grandfather texted him "a couple days" after George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis to say he was happy his grandson was in England, not the United States, during this time.

Yedlin understood why, tweeting that each "American needs to ask themselves if there is 'liberty and justice for all,' and if their answer is yes, then they are part of the problem."

Yedlin shared his thoughts hours after Newcastle's Twitter account posted a picture of the club's players kneeling in a circle before Tuesday's training session with the hashtag #UnitedAsOne. Liverpool and Chelsea also tweeted pictures of their players kneeling Monday and Tuesday, respectively, along with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died last Monday in Minneapolis police custody after a white officer -- who has since been fired, arrested and now faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter -- pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for over eight minutes. Floyd died two months after the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor -- a 26-year-old African American woman -- by police in Louisville and three months after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery -- a 25-year-old African American man -- by two white men, and nationwide protests of systemic racism and police brutality have sprung up over the last week.

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Some demonstrations have turned destructive, with violent police response alongside looting and rioting. Numerous cities and municipalities across the country have started to institute curfews.

The outrage isn't limited to the United States, with protests occurring in London, Berlin and Paris, among other cities around the world. In the Bundesliga, which is the only major European league that has resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, a handful of young stars honored Floyd and the ongoing protests last weekend.

Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie, a 22-year-old African American man, wore an armband bearing the message "Justice for George." Borussia Dortmund wunderkinds Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi -- 20 and 21, respectively -- both lifted their kits to reveal shirts saying "Justice for George Floyd" after scoring goals. Twenty-two-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thurman took a knee after scoring.

The laws of the game prohibit “any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images," but the English Football Association said Tuesday players would be able to follow in McKennie, Sancho, Hakimi and Thurman's footsteps without fearing punishment. German soccer authorities have said they're investigating whether McKennie should face sanctions for wearing the armband.

Premier League set to restart play from coronavirus pause on June 17


Premier League set to restart play from coronavirus pause on June 17

The Premier League is set to restart.

On Thursday, shareholders gave "Project Restart" the green light for play to start back up June 17. According to ESPN's James Olley, there will be two games on June 17, with Manchester City facing Arsenal and Sheffield United hosting Aston Villa. That will bring all clubs to 29 matches played, with the remaining 90 games left on the slate to start up the following weekend.

The Premier League's goal is to have all league games finished by Aug. 1 with the FA Cup to be complete with the final to be played on Aug. 8. As for the remaining Champions League and Europa League games, those also are slated to be completed if the pandemic calms down to allow international travel.

According to Olley, a number of clubs asked for more time to ramp up training before the restart given contact training was just given the OK on Wednesday. But the desire for a sooner restart and pressure from UEFA to complete all domestic matches by August had the league settle on June 17.

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The Premier League has had 12 positive coronavirus tests through the first three rounds. When the league restarts, testing capacity will be increased to 50 to 60 tests per club. Anyone testing positive must self-isolate for seven days.

The league suspended play March 13. One hundred days will have passed by the time the league starts back up June 17.