First goalie to score in MLS named assistant at Louisville

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The first goalkeeper to score a goal from open play in Major League Soccer has been named as an assistant coach under Ken Lolla at the University of Louisville.

Danny Cepero was announced as an addition to the Cardinals staff earlier this week, jogging memories of his 81-yard goal off a free kick in his debut for the New York Red Bulls against the Columbus Crew on Oct. 18, 2008.

Cepero, who played college soccer for the University of Pennsylvania, was the goalie coach at Florida Gulf Coast University for the last two seasons. His MLS career spanned three seasons with the Red Bulls in which he made 15 appearances. The Baldwin, New York native also made 33 appearances for the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Two other MLS goalies have notched goals since Cepero’s bounced shot on the football-lined turf of Giants Stadium: Columbus Crew netminder William Hesmer off a corner kick against Toronto FC in October 2010 and Houston Dynamo’s Tally Hall, who scored in a CONCACAF Champions League match in October 2009.

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