Sky Blue FC midfielder Raquel Rodriguez’s game-opening goal just 24 seconds into the club’s game against Portland Thorns FC last weekend has been confirmed as the fastest goal in National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) history.
Sky Blue FC went on to win 3-1, an effort that was kickstarted when Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr got a rebound on the right side of the penalty area before hitting a hard pass towards Rodriguez, who then hit a shot past Portland goalie Adrianna Franch.
“We are delighted to hear that Sky Blue FC is being acknowledged with the fastest goal in league history,” Sky Blue FC coach Christy Holly said in a statement. “The goal was a true team effort and shows everything about the team ethic and mentality of our players. We really appreciate the NWSL for putting in their due diligence to ensure that the goal received this distinction.”
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The new record is less than a second faster than the previous record, which was set by FC Kansas City midfielder Erika Tymrak in July 2015. In FC Kansas City’s game against the Boston Breakers, Tymrak found the back of the net just 25.73 seconds into the match. Rodriguez’s goal was timed at 24.76 seconds.
On Wednesday, the NWSL released a video showing how close the goals were.
Watch the two goals side-by-side below:
Sky Blue FC will travel to take on the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday.