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Sensational debut for Danny Cepero

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rookie goalkeeper Danny Cepero made history in his Major League Soccer debut last Saturday, scoring a goal from deep inside his own half in a 3-1 victory over Columbus Crew.

Cepero became the first goalkeeper in the league's 13-year history to score in open play.

The 23-year-old hit a free-kick from 81 yards in the 83rd minute, and it bounced over Columbus Crew keeper Andy Gruenebaum and into the net.

Cepero admitted that initially he had no idea that he had scored a goal. He said: "I just put it in the general area with no intention of scoring. I didn't even know it went in. I had to ask (defender) Kevin (Goldthwaite), 'Did that just go in?' 'Yeah.' 'Do I get credit for that?' 'Absolutely.' "

Teammate Juan Pablo Angel, who scored the first two goals, said, "This might be one of the best debuts in soccer history."

Cepero was only given his first MLS start after first choice goalkeeper Jon Conway was suspended for a league-record 10 matches for a positive dope test.

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