20
Oct

Tim Cahill scores fastest goal in MLS history

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Tim Cahill scored just eight seconds into the New York Red Bulls’ match against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, setting a new MLS record for quickest goal scored.

In a game with huge implications in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, Cahill got the Red Bulls off to a perfect start. Taking a long ball straight off the kick-off, Cahill headed the ball over Jermaine Taylor before beating his marker to the ball, letting it drop and finishing with a stunning volley. A great goal at any point in a match, a fantastic one when it comes on the very first play!

New York would go on to win the game 3-0 and retain their lead in the overall points race. New York can now clinch the Supporters’ Shield with a win in next weekend’s season finale against Chicago.

Cahill beat the old record by a full three seconds. Dwayne De Rosario scored just 11 seconds into a match in 2003.

Ed. note: Initial reports had the goal listed as being scored in seven seconds, but the official time has been set at eight seconds.

15
Oct

English sides set PK shootout record by converting first 29 penalties

Taking penalty kicks in a shootout is a stressful enough affair. So imagine taking one after the previous 29 were converted, which had set a new English record in a PK shootout.

Andover Town forward Claudio Herbert was in just that undesirable position, before getting his second PK of the shootout saved.

"I didn’t realize the magnitude, it was a bit of a blur, the keeper pulled off a great save," 20-year-old student Herbert told BBC Sport. "I was just thinking ‘oh no, it’s going to be on TV - I’m going to miss a penalty on TV’."

Herbert became the involuntary footnote after English non-league sides Andover Town and Brockenhurst combined to score on their first 29 kicks in the shootout, which was confirmed by the FA as a new English record and believed to be a world record.

Despite his historic miss, Herbert says he would have no qualms about taking another spot-kick.

"I never thought I’d have to take the 30th penalty in a shootout. I’ve been involved in penalty shootouts before, but nothing like this. There was not so much pressure. I would definitely take another one. I’d never shy away from taking a penalty."

The previous English record was 27 consecutive spot kicks when Leyton Orient and Dagenham & Redbridge faced off in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first-round match in 2011.

H/T 101GG