Moore eclipses Dempsey to score fastest goal in USMNT history

The American defender tapped in a shot just 20 seconds into Sunday’s clash with Canada in the Gold Cup

U.S. men’s national team fullback Shaq Moore’s early tap-in on Sunday set the record for the fastest goal in team history, surpassing Clint Dempsey in the process.

Moore scored just 20 seconds into the USMNT’s Gold Cup group stage finale against Canada, darting in on the back post to slide home a low cross from Sebastian Lletget.

And that gave him the fastest finish since in U.S. Soccer’s database, which goes back to 1989, as he usurped Dempsey.

Dempsey’s finish

The previous record-holder for quickest strike was what just might be the former USMNT forward’s most famous international goal – a 2014 World Cup-opening finish against Ghana after just 34 seconds.

It was one of Dempsey’s 57 USMNT goals, which has him tied for joint-most with Landon Donovan.

Moore continues to shine

Moore has been one of the USMNT’s top players throughout the group stage, having shined throughout the start of the Gold Cup.

He put in a Man of the Match-level performance in the opener against Haiti before starting again in the 6-1 win over Martinique.

Moore, 24, plays his club soccer in the Spanish second division for Tenerife.

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