It took Dempsey just 29 seconds to score the goal against Ghana in their Group G clash of the FIFA World Cup 2014 at the Arena das Dunas stadium in Natal. It was the fastest goal for USA in World Cups. USA won 2-1.
The fastest goal in World Cup history was scored by Hakan Sukur against South Korea in the 2002 World Cup.
Fastest goals in World Cup history (Top 10)
11 seconds: Hakan Sukur of Turkey (2002) Vs South Korea
16 seconds: Vaclav Masek of Czechoslovakia (1962) Vs Mexico
25 seconds: Ernst Lehner of Germany (1934) Vs Austria
27 seconds: Bryan Robson of England (1982) Vs France
29 seconds: Clint Dempsey of USA (2014) Vs Ghana
30 seconds: Bernard Lacombe of France (1978) Vs Italy
35 seconds: Emile Veinante of France (1938) Vs Belgium
35 seconds: Arne Nyberg of Sweden (1938) Vs Hungary
50 seconds: Florian Albert of Hungary (1962) Vs Bulgaria
50 seconds: Adalbert Desu of Romania (1930) Vs Peru