Monday, May 18, 2009

How the 7,000th MLS Regular Season Goal was Scored

The number was 6,994 entering the weekend. The early game saw Chicago defeat Toronto by the score of 2-0, so with the later games starting to kick off and four goals to go it was anyone's guess as to who would hit the milestone.

(all times Eastern)

7:35 pm - NE vs COL kicks off.
7:37 pm - NY vs HOU kicks off.
7:38 pm - Goal #6,997: Conor Casey scores in the third minute as the Rapids take a 1-0 lead on the road.
7:52 pm - Goal # 6,998: Steve Ralston equalizes for the Revs from a penalty.
8:37 pm - DAL vs SEA kicks off.
8:55 pm - Goal #6,999: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado gives the Sounders a lead in Dallas. One more...
9:06 pm - RSL vs KC kicks off. At this point, any player on the eight teams in action could get it.
9:12 pm - Brad Evans hits the post for Seattle! No goal.
9:14 pm - Goal #7,000: Chris Wondolowski gets the Dynamo on the board, and the milestone off the cross from Corey Ashe. Video here.

10 minutes later: Wolyniec, Rocha, and Wolff (I believe in that order) all score at about the same time.

I'm glad to see MLSnet has published an article about this accomplishment, even featuring a quote from Wondo about hearing the news. Check it out.

MLS Milestone Goals

1,000 Thomas Dooley 9/14/1997 CLB vs KC
2,000 Alex Bunbury 7/3/1999 KC @ TB
3,000 Sasha Victorine 5/9/2001 LA @ TB
4,000 Mark Chung 6/25/2003 COL vs LA
5,000 Andy Williams 8/6/2005 RSL vs CHV
6,000 Brian Ching
Chris Wondolowski

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