Wednesday, April 19, 2006

MLS: 2006 Milestones

1) As I noted previously (and I was just reminded of on Bigsoccer), Ben Olsen is set to make his 200th appearance for D.C. United this weekend. He'll become only the 23rd player to hit the 200 mark for his MLS club.

2) Ante Razov and Francisco Palencia both have scored 3 goals in their Chivas USA careers, and are 1 goal away from the alltime mark of 4 (Cuadros/Martins/Romo). Impressive, I know.

3) Amado Guevara's goal against Real Salt Lake on Saturday was his 31st for New York. He's currently in third place in franchise history, and only needs 13 more to tie Giovanni Savarese for the team record. That's probably one for next year, although a nice Open Cup run could help him.

4) Counting shootouts as draws, the Kansas City Wizards' alltime record is now 1 game under .500 in all competitions (139-140-88). They were under .500 for over seven years (4/18/1998 to 8/13/2005), finally clawing their way back last year. But the bad stretch to end 2005 put them back under. So a win this Sunday at Dallas would make them even again.

5) If Columbus dramatically improves their attendance this year, then they could post the biggest increase for any one year, currently 5,421 fans per game. It's currently held by their 1999 season, the inaugural year at Crew Stadium. They would need to average 18,338 for that to happen. Or, maybe Chivas (22,502) or Dallas (16,611) or New England (17,947) or New York (20,499) could do it.

6) There's another attendance record that could be set, but this isn't a good one. If the Colorado Rapids average less than last year's total of 13,638, then they will become the first team to have attendance decline for four straight seasons.

7) If Carlos Ruiz gets to double digits in goals, then he'll become the first MLS player to score 10 goals in five straight seasons.

Comments on "MLS: 2006 Milestones"


Anonymous Evan said ... (8:37 PM, April 19, 2006) : 

Chivas getting more than an increase of 5,421 would put them above 27,000, the capacity of HDC.


Blogger scaryice said ... (8:50 PM, April 19, 2006) : 

Those are the averages they would need to break the record.


Anonymous Evan said ... (9:10 PM, April 19, 2006) : 

Okay, got ya.

Besides, I thought 22,000 for Chivas Lite seemed a bit much!


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