Columbus Crew SC’s dynamic offense didn’t need long to strike in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference finals against the New York Red Bulls.
Forward Justin Meram scored nine seconds in on Sunday to give the Crew a 1-0 lead and the fastest goal in MLS Cup playoff history, according to stat-tracking service Opta.
The previous fastest goal in the playoffs was also scored for Columbus, coming in 1996 off the foot of Adrian Paz against the now defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny (h/t Paul Carr, ESPN).
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Meram’s goal nearly set the record for the fastest goal in MLS history, period. That honor belongs to New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella, who tallied a goal in a mere seven seconds earlier this season against the Philadelphia Union.
The Crew went on to defeat New York 2-0.