Friday, January 19, 2007

MLS: Top 25 Goalscorers History - 2006

I finally remembered to update this! It's one of my favorite posts in this blog's short history. What follows is a list of the top 25 goalscorers in MLS history (regular season only) as of the end of the 2006 season. Now that is certainly interesting, but you can get a list of the all time leaders at MLSnet already. What's so exciting about that?

The answer lies in the series of posts made before this, and you'll find the links below. If you read them all in order, you can see the progression of the top 25 all time goalscorers after each of the eleven MLS seasons. It seems that so many people enjoy looking at statistics and records, but they don't necessarily tell the history of how they came to be. I was inspired by this Wikipedia page on the history of the all time home run leaders in MLB.

1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005

Looking through those posts, you can see the rise and fall of various players. Like Eduardo Hurtado, who was third after one season. So brilliant in the early years, he's now 25th and will fall off in 2007. His ranks after each season are 3-4-4-5-8-11-16-18-20-23-25.

1) Jason Kreis, RSL - 108

2) Jaime Moreno, DC - 105

I would expect him to finally pass Kreis this year, probably around three years to the day that Kreis passed Lassiter.

3) Ante Razov, CHV - 98
4) Jeff Cunningham, RSL - 90

Two guys who don't get a whole lot of credit (Razov especially), yet they're at the top of the all time rankings.

5) Roy Lassiter - 88
6) Raul Diaz Arce - 82
7) Preki - 79

8) Taylor Twellman, NE - 75
9) Carlos Ruiz, DAL - 74

At 27 years of age for the 2007 season, both of these guys should be the top two all time in five years or so. Assuming they don't leave for Europe, of course. The top three are all at least 33, while Cunningham is 30.

10) Ronald Cerritos, HOU - 71

Was waived during the 2006 season.

11) Cobi Jones, LA - 66
12) Brian McBride - 62
13) Mark Chung - 61
14) Josh Wolff, KC - 59
15) Steve Ralston, NE - 57
15) Diego Serna - 57

17) Landon Donovan, LA - 56

Should make it up to at least 11th place in 2007. It helps to have you know who serving crosses. The question I have is, will he still take penalties? Given Beckham's track record, he should.

18) Clint Mathis, COL - 53
19) Paul Bravo - 52
19) Dante Washington - 52
21) Wolde Harris - 51
21) Chris Henderson, NY - 51
21) Giovanni Savarese - 51

24) Edson Buddle, NY - 48

It seems that people are way down on him after a bad year. Despite that, he's now in the top 25, the only newcomer to the list. Doesn't really come to mind when you think of the great MLS strikers though, right? I expect him to bounce back with Toronto.

25) Mamadou Diallo - 47
25) Eduardo Hurtado - 47

Falling off the list

Ariel Graziani (25th, tie)
Stern John (25th, tie)

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