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American player performs somersault throw-in - and scores!

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Stoke City were the masters of the long-throw, but a team in America have gone one better, and added some gymnastics into the equation.

Upon their arrival in the Premier League in 2008, the Potters became known for their direct tactics from throw-ins.

As Rory Delap wound up for what could only be described as a missile of a throw, Stoke would pack the box with players, all hoping to get any kind of touch on the ball and divert it past a stranded goalkeeper.

American amateur side, Hackensack Comets decided to cut-out the middle man with an effort that would look more at home on the gymnastics floor than the football pitch.

Randy Gordon stood on the touch-line preparing a long throw, with a huge difference. Gordon takes a couple of steps before performing a somersault and launching the ball towards goal.

Baffled by what he'd just seen, the opposition goalkeeper flaps at the ball and only succeeds in directing it into his own goal.

It wasn't enough for the Comets who would lose the game 2-1, but this game will be remembered for one thing, Gordon's amazing throw-in technique.

Although we're unlikely to see any Premier League stars adopt Gordon's bizarre style, has your club got anyone who could rival him for distance? Leave a comment and let us know. 

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