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Published on: August 25, 2007

There was news this week that Jaime Moreno scored his 109th goal, putting him on top of all MLS players. So, that led me to wonder, how does he stack up with players in the history of all North American first division leagues?

Not well. Moreno’s history making goal puts him solidly in 18th place. These stats come from the American Soccer History Archives.

  1. Archie Stark, Bethlehem Steel – 253
  2. Johnny Nelson, Brooklyn Wanderers – 223
  3. Giorgio Chinaglia, New York Cosmos – 193
  4. Davey Brown, New York Giants – 189
  5. Bill Patterson, various teams – 152
  6. Andy Stevens, New Bedford Whalers – 150
  7. Jerry Best, New Bedford Whalers – 138
  8. Bart McGhee, various teams – 137
  9. Harold Brittain, Fall River Marksmen – 135
  10. Bobby Blair, Boston Wonder Workers – 131
  11. Werner Nilsen, Boston Wonder Workers – 131
  12. Alan Willey, Minnesota Kicks – 129
  13. Karl-Heinz Granitza, Chicago Sting – 128
  14. Tommy Florie, Providence/New Befford – 126
  15. Tec White, Fall River Marksmen – 124
  16. Ron Futcher, Minnesota Kicks – 119
  17. Bert Patenaude, Fall River Marksmen – 118
  18. Jaime Moreno*, DC United – 109
  19. Mike McLeavey, New Bedford Whalers – 108
  20. Jason Kreis, Dallas Burn – 108
  21. Herbert Carlson, New York Nationals – 107
  22. Ante Razov*, Chicago Fire/Chivas USA – 104
  23. Paul Child, San Jose Earthquakes – 102
  24. Illja Mitic, Dallas Tornado – 101
  25. Steve David, various teams – 100

Players with an asterisk are still active. Paul Child, #23 on the list, played for the San Jose Earthquakes of the NASL, rather than MLS.

The top eleven, save one, are all from ASL teams of the 20’s and 30’s. To be fair, these people played in an era when there most teams used only two defenders. The only non-ASL player in the top 11 is Giorgio Chinaglia, who played for the New York Cosmos of the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Tell you what, you put me in front of Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto for a season, and I’ll score 30 goals.

So, who are some of these other people? Archie Stark was a Scottish born striker who played for a couple of teams, but most famously for Bethlehem Steel. He was the leading scorer in the league for most of his career, scoring 67 goals in 1926 (a ridiculous number even by that league’s standards).

The man that Moreno could pass given one more good season is Bert Patenaude. Patenaude not only had a remarkable career in the ASL, but played in the very first World Cup. He is officially on record (as certified by FIFA only last year) as the first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, scoring three against Paraguay.

Moreno, Razov and Kreis have all played longer than any of the people on the list did at eleven seasons (that’s counting Kreis’s retirement shortened season this year). Many of the NASL players on the list had shorter careers here since they came over after careers in Europe. Now, there is the opposite situation with some MLS players. Brian McBride, for example, would surely be on the list had he not gone to Europe. If reckoned in terms of goals per season, the top person on the list would be Bobby Blair, who averaged 32.8 goals in four seasons. The trio from MLS only scored an average of between 9 and 10. If reckoned in goals per game, Patenaude takes all comers at .952 with Chinaglia coming up behind at .906 and Johnny Nelson at .892.

The list only includes those who have scored more than 100 goals. Jeff Cunningham and Taylor Twellman could easilly be on this list at the end of next season. MLS’s top single-season goal scorer, Roy Lassiter, notched 88 during his career, putting him just behind Billy Gonzalves (91 goals).

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

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