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Jun 17, 2014

FIFA: Dempsey goal at 30 seconds

United States captain Clint Dempsey got the U.S. off to a perfect start at the World Cup with his first minute goal.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- FIFA has officially timed Clint Dempsey's goal at 30 seconds into the United States' 2-1 victory over Ghana on Monday in Natal.

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With that time, Dempsey becomes the fifth fastest scorer in World Cup history.

The goal was initially timed at 29 seconds before being confirmed at one second later by FIFA on Tuesday.

The only faster goals at a World Cup were by Turkey's Hakan Suker (11 seconds against South Korea in 2002), Czechoslovakia's Vaclav Masek (16 seconds against Mexico in 1962), Germany's Ernst Lehner (25 seconds against Austria in 1934), and England's Bryan Robson (27 seconds against France in 1982).

Dempsey also became the first American to score in three World Cups.

Dempsey suffered a fracture to his nose during Monday's win.

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