When Jozy Altidore came on as a substitute in the 89th minute of Villareal's 4-1 victory against Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames, he could not have imagined that he would be breaking records in a matter of seconds.
That is exactly what happened, however, when he scored Villareal's last goal to become the first American to score in La Liga. Of course, Altidore's team-mate Guiseppe Rossi was also born in New Jersey, but he represents Italy at international level.
The eighteen year old Altidore is no stranger to breaking records. He became the youngest player ever to score in the MLS, breaking Freddy Adu's record at the age of sixteen. In addition, his transfer to Villareal represented the most export out of the MLS.
Previously, only one American had played in La Liga, namely Kasey Keller, who was in goal for Real Valladolid from 1999-2001, and unsurprisingly, did not score. Apart from that, the closest thing to an American goal in Spain came from Tab Ramos, who scored a few goals in the Second Division while playing for Real Betis from 1992- 1994.