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.
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.