Most/Fewest Goalscorers/Players Used Records
|Updating my posts on this subject from last August, it's time to take a look at which teams in MLS history hold these records and also which teams in 2007 have a chance of breaking the records.|
Note: Counting MLS regular season games only.
Most Players Used in a Single Season
There have been many trades this season in MLS, so this record is definitely vulnerable. However there are two fewer games this season which may make it hard to break. Currently, already there are five teams who have used at least 24 players. The league average all time is exactly 25 per season.
Toronto and LA seem like the best candidates to break the record. Toronto will have Todd Dunivant, Tyrone Marshall and Collin Samuel adding to their total soon, but their bench is weak and many of the lesser guys may never see action. The Galaxy meanwhile have added Carlos Pavon in addition to David Beckham, which would then leave them 11 short of the record. They'll have Alan Gordon coming back from injury, and it also seems likely that Steve Cronin will get a shot at some point. Given the trade-crazy attitudes of Mo Johnston and Alexi Lalas, there may be many more guys coming in (who knows).
1996 NY/NJ Metrostars
Baba, Barber, Brauchle, Caricola, da Silva, De Avila, Donadoni, Gillen, Harty, Hennessey, Hernandez, Hesse, Huseinovic, Johnson, Joseph, Ken-Kwofie, Knowles, Kydes, Lagos, Lembryk, Longenecker, Meola, Munnelly, Namazi, Ramos, Restrepo, Rinker, Rodriguez, Savarese, Silvera, Thornton, Unger, Vermes, Villegas, Wood, Zaun
Fewest Players Used in a Single Season
This record is in no danger as you can see above. The increased roster sizes make it easier to bench players or give them a rest. Frank Yallop and Dominic Kinnear have certainly liked to use few players, though.
Agoos, Barclay, Barrett, Cannon, Conrad, Conway, Corrales, Dayak, De Rosario, Donovan, Ekelund, Gonzalez, Graziani, Ibsen, Lagos, Mulrooney, Robinson, Roner, Russell
Most Goalscorers in a Single Season
The all time average is 12.0 per season. This is one that definitely could go down.
The Crew still has guys like Garey, Hejduk and Virtuoso yet to score, while the Galaxy has Klein, Pavon, Gordon, Beckham, etc. 17 is pretty hard to reach, but I feel it's more likely to be broken than the players used record.
2005 Fire goalscorers
Armas, Barrett, Caballero, Curtin, Gray, Guerrero, Herron, Jaqua, Johnson, Mapp, Marsch, Reiter, Rolfe, Segares, Stewart, Thiago, Thorrington
1997 United goalscorers
Agoos, Diaz Arce, Etcheverry, Gori, Harkes, Iroha, Kamler, Kelderman, Maessner, Marsch, Moreno, Peay, Pope, Rammel, Sanneh, Wegerle, Williams
Fewest Goalscorers in a Single Season
Seems to be an almost impossible record to break. You would need a couple of very talented goalscorers who dominate your offense.
2002 Rapids goalscorers
Carrieri, Chung, Henderson, Kingsley, Spencer, Valderrama