Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The strangest goal in Major League Soccer history?

Former Penn player Danny Cepero became the first ever goalkeeper to score a goal in Major League Soccer yesterday.

The strangest goal in Major League Soccer history?

The Philadelphia area's college soccer programs made their first entry in Major League Soccer's odds and ends file four years ago, when Drexel's Jeff Parke was the Mr. Irrelevant of the 2004 SuperDraft.

Last night, the Dragons' University City neighbors watched as a former Penn Quaker made MLS history.

Until the 83rd minute of the New York Red Bulls' home game against the Columbus Crew, no goalkeeper in the league had ever scored a goal.

But when 2007 Penn grad Danny Cepero's 80-plus-yard free kick bounced high off Giants Stadium's FieldTurf pitch and over the head of Crew goalkeeper Andy Grunenbaum, the record book was no longer blank.

Coincidentally, the team Cepero scored against was the first to ever draft a Penn player. Even more oddly, the Crew chose a goalkeeper, Matt Haefner - and they did so in the same year that New York chose Parke's name with the 60th and final selection of the day.

Here's the goal:



Jonathan Tannenwald Sports Producer
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