It took Toronto FC just 57 seconds to take the lead against D.C. United today. The goal was the quickest in club history, beating the previous record which was 1:50 on a goal from Reggie Lambe in the Voyageurs Cup.
Sebastian Giovinco scored the goal, his fourth of the season. He was in the right place at the right time as Marky Delgado centred a ball played by Jozy Altidore. It was Altidore's second assist in as many games.
Giovinco has now scored 26 goals with Toronto FC. That puts him just five behind Dwayne De Rosario for the all-time lead in club history. De Rosario scored 32 goals in all competitions for Toronto FC while playing in 75 games. So far, Giovinco has played in 37. He is just two behind De Rosario for most goals scored in MLS play.
The goal was just the second that Toronto FC has scored in the first half this second. The other came in first-half stoppage time against New York City FC when Damien Perquis finished off a Giovinco free kick. The club has been criticized so far this season for their slow starts.
The goal still fell short of the fastest in league history, however. That record is held by Mike Grella of the New York Red Bulls who scored seven seconds into a game against the Philadelphia Union in October of last year.