The US men’s national soccer team put on an impressive show in a 5-1 win over El Salvador to secure a spot in the Gold Cup semifinals. Landon Donovan was the Man of the Match for his goal and three assists, but it was substitute Eddie Johnson who stole the show.
If you blinked, you might have missed it. It took Johnson a ridiculously fast 14 seconds after jogging onto the pitch to score on his very first touch of the game. His header off a perfectly executed short corner kick gave the US a 3-1 lead with 30 minutes to go.
The immediate impact led Gus Johnson to emphatically pronounce him the “Demolition Man!”
Not surprisingly, the twitterverse was abuzz following Gus’s call:
STRAIGHT OFF THE BENCH BABY #DEMOLITIONMAN— Nick Adams (@NickAdams33)
— Joe Cross (@joe_cross73)
Even US Soccer’s account got in on it:
It’s safe to say that Johnson, whose goal was the quickest ever by a substitute in the history of the Gold Cup, now has a new nickname, courtesy of our own Johnson!