Diego Valeri scored fastest goal in MLS Cup history

The Portland Timbers are leading the Columbus Crew in the MLS Cup. Thanks to Diego Valeri, who scored the fastest goal in MLS Cup history.

Valeri needed just 27 seconds to score the goal. He rushed at Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark. When Valeri received the ball, Clark went for a slide tackle.

Instead, he couldn’t clear the ball in time. That left Valeri an opportunity to score a goal in the first minute of play.

The 27 second goal shatters the previous record that was set in the fifth minute. Two goals were previously scored in the fifth minute, and they’ll now go behind this goal by Valeri.

Eduardo Hurtado had the record first when he scored in the fifth minute of the inaugural MLS Cup in 1996. His D.C. United team would lose to the Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-2.

Then, seven years later in 2001, Ronnie Ekelund scored in the fifth minute as he gave the San Jose Earthquakes an early lead. They would go on to win 4-2 over the Chicago Fire in that MLS Cup final.

While Valeri’s goal is the fastest in MLS Cup history, it’s not the fastest in a postseason game ever. Justin Meram scored just eight seconds into a game when the Crew had the early lead against the New York Red Bulls in the First Leg of the Eastern Conference Championship.

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