MLS 2007: Records to Watch Out For
|A list of things to watch out for down the stretch in MLS:|
1) Luciano Emilio has scored 18 goals through 24 games for DC United. He's already among the top ten goalscoring seasons ever. The record (27) seems out of reach, but he easily could be only the 8th man to get to 20 and the first in five years.
2) Juan Pablo Angel needs 2 goals to reach New York's single season record of 16 by Adolfo Valencia, set in 2000. Maykel Galindo is also 2 goals away from Chivas' record of 14, set by Ante Razov last year. Eddie Johnson is 4 goals away from Kansas City's record of 18, set by Preki in 1996.
3) DC United's PPG of 1.92 would place them 5th all time if the season ended today (list of the best seasons). While they're unable to reach the top position, if they get 16 points in their final 6 games they'll be second all time, and they only need 9 points to make the top ten.
4) Houston is currently allowing only 0.80 goals per game, while Chivas USA is allowing 0.95. The record is 0.91, held by 1999 LA & 2000 KC. Either team would need to end up at 27 goals allowed or fewer to break the record.
5) On the flip side, the record for fewest goals scored per game is 0.94, held by 2005 RSL and 2006 CLB. Toronto FC currently is at 0.78, helped by their current curring woes. They'll have to score 11 times in their final 7 games to avoid the record.
6) Chivas USA has a 13 game home unbeaten streak. If the don't lose in their final 5 home games, they'll tie the record of 18 (ongoing streak by SJ). Also, if they won all five of those games, they would have the best home record of all time (currently 2.64 PPG - 2002 SJ). And if they allow 4 goals or fewer in those five games then they'll have the best home defensive record ever as well.