Missing Out (Post 2009 Update)
|What follows is a list of the men who have played the most games in the MLS regular season without playing in an MLS Cup, updated through the 2009 season.|
Most Regular Season Games Played Without Playing in an MLS Cup
(includes games through 2009 season)
Active MLS players in bold. Prev rank refers to their ranking after the 2008 season.
Jeff Cunningham passed Jason Kreis for the top spot on August 1, 2009. That was also the game where he scored four goals (a "beaver trick") against Kansas City in a 6-0 win. Previously, Kreis held the record from July 4, 2006 until August 1, 2009. Before that, it was held by Mark Chung.
Cunningham is in the same company as fellow athletes Gary Anderson (NFL), Dale Ellis (NBA), Mike Gartner (NHL), and Rafael Palmeiro (MLB), who all currently hold the distinction in their respective leagues.
If there's going to be a challenge to Cunningham any time in the near future, it will have to come from Pablo Mastroeni. He's still two full seasons behind, though.
Other big news: two MLS veterans saw their first MLS Cup action on Sunday and fall off the list: Kyle Beckerman and Edson Buddle. They were 9th and 12th in last year's ranking, and would've been 7th and 9th this year.
Logan Pause makes his debut in 15th place. Meanwhile, because of the two dropoffs, the retired Mark Santel comes back into the top 25.
Who else could make the top 25 in the coming years?
Active MLS players Outside the Top 25