NYCFC's Maxime Chanot shown fastest-ever red card to start an MLS season

New York City FC center back Maxime Chanot entered the record book for the wrong reasons on Sunday against Columbus Crew SC in NYCFC's MLS opener.

The 30-year-old was shown a red card in the third minute, after taking down Lucas Zelarayan — who was ahead of Chanot and about to be 1v1 with goalkeeper Sean Johnson (watch video above). The red card is the fastest one ever shown to start an MLS season. It equals the third fastest red card to start an MLS game.

Minute Player Date
1 Joe Nasco (COL) 9/15/14
2 Carlos Johnson (RBNY) 4/23/09
3 Maxime Chanot (NYC) 3/1/20*
3 Nat Borchers (RSL) 7/4/11
3 Brian Mullan (COL) 4/22/11
3 Aidan Heaney (NE) 5/25/1996

* = season opener

NYCFC were coming off a Concacaf Champions League win over San Carlos on Wednesday night, as they advanced to the quarterfinals. Chanot is set to miss NYCFC's next MLS game against Toronto FC on Saturday at BMO Field.