Wednesday, October 21, 2015

MLS's 20-Goal Scorers

As we enter the final week of the regular season with Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco and Columbus's Kei Kamara neck-and-neck for the Golden Boot, and several other players within striking distance of 20 goals, it's worth noting that no player in MLS history has EVER scored more than 20 goals in a season more than once. Here's a rundown of all the 20-goal scorers in MLS history and a look at how they fared in the aftermath of eclipsing the 20-goal plateau:

Roy Lassiter - 1996, 27 - Lassiter is still tied for the most goals scored in a single season after scoring 27 in the league's inaugural campaign. Lassiter did score 18 goals with DC United in both 1998 and 1999, but failed to reach double digits in his final three season in the league. Career Goals: 88

Raúl Díaz Arce - 1996, 23 - El Salvador's official all-time leading scorer with 39 goals in 68 appearances, Díaz Arce helped DC United win back-to-back titles in 1996 and 1997. He scored 15 goals during the 1997 campaign in just 22 matches, and then scored 18 in 1998 with New England, but split the 1999, 2000 and 2001 campaigns between multiple clubs averaging less than nine goals a season his final three years in the league. Career Goals: 82

Eduardo Hurtado - 1996, 21 - Hurtado tallied 21 goals for the Galaxy in 1996, but reached double digits only one more time (11 goals in 1998) before washing out of MLS in 2000. Career Goals: 47

Stern John - 1998, 26 - John played just two seasons in MLS before heading overseas to play in England. The all-time leading scorer for Trinidad and Tobago scored 18 goals in his second and final season with the Columbus Crew: Career Goals: 44

Mamadou Diallo - 2000, 26 - Big Mama burst onto the scene in 2000 with 26 goals in 28 matches for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, but scored just 21 goals in his final two seasons in MLS before finishing his career in countries like Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Malaysia, South Africa and Mali. Career Goals: 47

Carlos Ruiz - 2002, 24 - Ruiz turned in a pretty impressive debut season in 2002 scoring 24 goals in 26 regular season appearances and then adding 8 more in the Galaxy's run to the 2002 MLS Cup. Ruiz would score in double digits every year from 2003-2006 with a high of 15 goals before tapering off. Ruiz is still a staple for the Guatemalan National Team scoring this year during the Gold Cup and in World Cup Qualifying. Career Goals: 88

Taylor Twellman - 2002, 23 - Twellman debuted in MLS with 23 goals in 2002 and was a formiddable goal scorer throughout his MLS career before it was derailed by injury in 2008. Twellman scored 15 goals in 2003, 16 in 2007 and 17 in 2005. Career Goals: 101

Luciano Emilio - 2007, 20 - Brazilian striker Luciano Emilio debuted in MLS in 2007 with 20 goals for DC United, but tallied just 21 goals over the next three seasons before leaving MLS in 2010. Career Goals: 41

Landon Donovan - 2008, 20 - The league's all-time leading scorer eclipsed 12 goals just once in his 14 year career and that came in 2008. Donovan had 5 other 12-goal seasons (including 2009 and 2011), but also reached the 10-assist plateau 7 times peaking with 19 in 2014. Career Goals: 144

Chris Wondolowski - 2012, 27 - Wondo tied Lassiter's mark in 2012 and has been in double figures every year since then including 16 goals this season while becoming the 9th player in league history to reach 100 career goals. Career Goals: 109 (still active)

Camilo Sanvezzo - 2013, 22 - Sanvezzo played three seasons in MLS culminating with his 22 goal outburst in 2013 for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Sanvezzo transferred to Querétaro (Mexico) following the 2013 season. Career Goals: 39

Mike Magee - 2013, 21 - A postseason hero for the Galaxy during their title runs in 2011 and 2012, Magee was traded to his hometown team, the Chicago Fire in 2013 and erupted for 15 goals after the move giving him 21 goals total on the year. Injuries have limited him to just 20 starts and 7 goals over the last two seasons. To date the 2013 campaign is the only time in his career that Magee has tallied double digit goals. Career Goals: 64 (still active)

Marco Di Vaio - 2013, 20 - After a long career in Italy, Di Vaio joined the Impact in 2012 as their first ever Designated Player and delivered 20 goals in his first full season with the club. Di Vaio scored 9 more goals in 2014 before announcing his retirement. Career Goals: 34

Bradley Wright-Phillips - 2014, 27 - BWP scored just once in 7 matches with the Red Bulls in 2013 before exploding for 27 goals in 2014 that came despite scoring just once prior to April 23rd. While BWP has only tallied 16 goals this season, his assists have gone up from 2 in 2014 to 7, and he has the Red Bulls in position to win the Supporter's Shield: Career Goals: 44 (still active)

Dom Dwyer - 2014, 22 - Mr. Sydney Leroux scored just 2 goals in his first two seasons with Sporting Kansas City before exploding for 22 goals in 2014. Dwyer's numbers have gone down this year and he heads into the final week of the season with just 11 goals. Career Goals: 35 (still active)

Kei Kamara - 2015, 20 - Kamara's previous career high for goals was 11 set in 2012 with Sporting Kansas City. He's now doubled that while tying his career high of 8 assists. Career Goals: 74 (still active)

Sebastian Giovinco - 2015, 22 - Much was made of the 5-year contract Giovinco signed while in the prime of his career, and Giovinco has delivered for Toronto with 22 goals and 15 assists in his first MLS season. Career Goals: 22 (still active)

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