American club San Jose Earthquake’s rookie goalkeeper David Bingham scored from more than 82 meter to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in an exhibition match Tuesday.
Bingham scored after corralling an errant through pass from West Brom. The 21-year-old goalkeeper stepped up and unleashed a punt from the top of his own penalty box in the third minute.
The ball took one large bounce over the head of new West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, who was staring directly into a setting sun at Buck Shaw Stadium without the benefit of a hat, and bounced once more before nestling in the open net.
“I couldn’t believe it,” San Jose midfielder Simon Dawkins said. “I thought the referee had stopped the game.”
The goal came as a shock most of all to Bingham, who was so angry at himself for overshooting forward Scott Sealy with his punt that he missed his first goal since high school.