The U.S. men’s national team wasted no time getting on the board at the World Cup in Brazil. Clint Dempsey’s goal came at the official 29-second mark, making it the fifth fastest goal scored in World Cup history.
It’s hard to believe that four World Cup goals were scored quicker than Dempsey’s, with the fastest in history even making the American’s look like it took an eternity.
At the 2002 World Cup in South Korea & Japan, Turkey’s Hakan Sukur booted a goal just 11 seconds into the match after South Korea’s defense turned the ball over having barely handled it. Just like that, the host country was down in the blink of an eye.
Following is video of Sukur’s goal. For Dempsey’s beautiful work, click here.