The New York Red Bulls already held the record for the fastest goal in MLS history before Sunday thanks to Tim Cahill’s eight-second strike in 2013, but winger Mike Grella managed to one-up the Australian in their 4-1 thumping of the Philadelphia Union.
The 28-year-old just topped Cahill’s effort when he scored only seven seconds into the match at Red Bull Arena, as he capitalised on a poor Union pass off the kickoff to cut through the defence and fire past goalkeeper Andre Blake.
Nevertheless, the ex-Everton man, who spent two-and-half seasons in New York before leaving for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua last winter, did not mind seeing his record fall to someone from his former club, as he took to Twitter to sing the praises of Grella and his teammates for the win.
Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) October 18, 2015
He was not the only one giving plaudits to the former Leeds United man either, as plenty were doing the same after seeing him add a second goal in the 17th-minute to help the Red Bulls clinch the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed ahead of their final regular-season game at the Chicago Fire next weekend.
A victory at Toyota Park will now send them into the play-offs as Supporters’ Shield winners for the second time in three seasons after Cahill’s goalscoring heroics helped seal their first-ever piece of silverware back in 2013, and Grella has proved a big part of their title run this term.
The playmaking wide man, who joined the club in February following a successful trial, has recorded 10 goals and eight assists in 35 total appearances from the left wing to keep summer signings Shaun Wright-Phillips and Gonzalo Veron on the bench, while showcasing some highlight-reel skills in the process.
There is now growing support for the man dubbed "Grelladinho" to receive a first US national team call-up and that was reflected on Twitter during his latest starring performance.
Grelladinho dominating!! Let's go red bulls— Bernardo Flores (@bflorestheman) October 18, 2015
GRELLA 4 USMNT— MLS Transfers (@MLSTransfers) October 18, 2015
I'd like to know if Grella was born perfect for this system or just adapted better than anyone else. #RBNY— Austin Fido (@canetop) October 18, 2015
Ready to see Grella on the field for the USMNT in the near future.— Alex Clay (@alexclay92) October 18, 2015