MLS: Top 25 Goalscorers History - 1996
Starting today, I will be posting the top 25 alltime MLS goalscorers in league history, as the list appeared after each season. You will be able to see how the list has progressed, and how players have risen or fallen through the years.
I will post 1996-2000 this week (Monday-Friday), and 2001-2005 next week.
1) Roy Lassiter, TB - 27
Single season record for goals, which still hasn't been eclipsed. That's unlikely any time soon, because of national team callups. It could happen in a year like this, where other teams are missing players for a while, and somebody unaffected by it takes advantage. Carlos Ruiz anyone?
2) Raul Diaz Arce, DC - 23
Scored for 5 different MLS teams (DC-NE-SJ-TB-COL), second only to Andy Williams' 6. Dunseth, Henderson and Razov can all get to 5 this year and equal that accomplishment.
3) Eduardo Hurtado, LA - 21
Only 7 times has an MLS player scored 20 goals in a year. So that means it happened 3 times in 1996, and only 4 times since.
4) Preki, KC - 18
5) Brian McBride, CLB - 17
Career highs for both.
6) Steve Rammel, DC - 14
7) Paul Bravo, SJ - 13
7) Jason Kreis, DAL - 13
7) Giovanni Savarese, MET - 13
Scored the first 8 goals (not counting an own goal) in team history, and no one's overtaken him as the team's leading scorer since.
7) Vitalis Takawira, KC - 13
11) Jean Harbor, COL - 11
One of three players on this list (Espinoza, Sanchez) who would never score another MLS goal.
11) Pete Marino, CLB - 11
11) Joe-Max Moore, NE - 11
Lowest total for a team leader in 1996.
14) Missael Espinoza, SJ - 10
14) Eric Wynalda, SJ - 10
Another career high for a notable player in the league's history.
16) Shaun Bartlett, COL - 8
Currently playing in the Premiership with Charlton.
16) Mark Chung, KC - 8
18) Marcelo Balboa, COL - 7
18) Giuseppe Galderisi, NE/TB - 7
Only player on the list to be traded during the 1996 season.
18) Cobi Jones, LA - 7
18) Steve Ralston, TB - 7
This was actually a career high for Ralston. He's been remarkably consistant.
22) Antony De Avila, MET - 6
22) Mo Johnston, KC - 6
22) Harut Karapetyan, LA - 6
22) Alberto Naveda, NE - 6
22) Adrian Paz, CLB - 6
22) Hugo Sanchez, DAL - 6