Count with me here, folks: one… two… three… four… five… six…. seven.
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If you paid proper respect to the ellipses between each above digit, that’s about how long it took New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella to score the opening goal against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday (above video).
C.J. Sapong touched the ball to Cristian Maidana to begin the game; Maidana played the ball backward into his own half; Michael Lahoud wasn’t exactly ready to receive the ball, and it rolled past him; Grella got on his horse, gave chase, picked the ball up 35 yards from the Union goal, took three touches into the penalty area, fired a low, left-footed shot and he had beaten Andre Blake with just seven seconds on the clock.
Grella’s goal tops Tim Cahill’s 8-second strike for the Red Bulls (in 2013) as the fastest in MLS history.