Ranking the Top 15 Pure Scorers in MLS History
What is a pure scorer? According to my definition, a pure scorer is a player who can score in more ways that one. It's not just give-and-go. It's also being able to have a good first touch, great dribbling and the ability to score from different angles.
Major League Soccer completed its16th season just over a month ago, but throughout its history, there have been a number of players who have been able to record goals in bunches, from different angles, establish a good first touch...but most importantly score and score at will.
Let us take a look at the Top 15 Pure Scorers in MLS History.
15. Brian Ching
These days, Brian Ching is in the twilight of his playing career, but in his heyday, he was a bookend for the San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo, recording 76 goals in 181 league appearances.
In this clip, you can see him as a true finisher, able to bury his chances on net. You also see him healthy as can be but that's a different story.
14. Chris Wondolowski
If there were ever a player you had to tip your hat to for trying to salvage San Jose's chances at sniffing any postseason, it's Chris Wondolowski.
This forward, straight out of Chico State, has recorded 37 goals in 72 appearances, and is red-hot at opportune moments.
Check out this montage, which shows you why Wondo is a problem for opposing defenses.
13. Brian McBride
Brian McBride's MLS career included two stops: Columbus and Chicago.
As a member of the Crew, McBride recorded 62 goals in 161 appearances, while at Toyota Park, McBride scored 18 goals in 59 appearances.
In this clip you can see why he was able to spend some time at Fulham in between. Well, this is actually from his days with Fulham, but you can understand why he was a dominant force at Columbus and Chicago.
12. Roy Lassiter
Roy Lassiter deserves to be on this list for one reason, and one reason only: He is the current single-season record holder in goals scored with 27, set in the league's inaugural year.
It is a record that has yet to be surpassed. This clip shows one of the last goals he would ever score in MLS, as a member of the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City).
11. Carlos Ruiz
Carlos Ruiz has had a solid career in MLS, scoring goals with ease as a forward.
Ruiz scored 51 goals in 81 appearances for the Los Angeles Galaxy while recording short stints with Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union.
Check out these goals.
10. Dwayne De Rosario
Technically, Dwayne De Rosario is an attacking midfielder, but man, can this Canadian score in bunches.
De Rosario has scored 93 goals in 274 league appearances for five different MLS clubs, and all of them have been great to watch.
Don't believe me? Take a look at this clip and see for yourself.
9. Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry is the archetypal pure scoring DP: a striker who knows how to establish a good first touch and score with style.
A success with Arsenal and Barcelona, Henry has been able to ply his trade as a member of the New York Red Bulls.
Watch this clip and see what all the buzz is about.
8. Ante Razov
History has shown that Ante Razov just knows how to score.
Razov scored 114 goals in 256 league appearances for five different clubs, with the Chicago Fire being the most notable.
Check out this clip, which shows you how deadly Razov can be when he has the ball at his feet.
7. Cobi Jones
These days, Cobi Jones is busy watching the resurgence of the New York Cosmos, who are looking to return to the top flight of American professional soccer.
However, he was a workhorse playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy, scoring 70 goals in 305 league appearances, earning a couple of MLS Cups along the way.
This video shows his work not only with the Galaxy, but also with the USA Men's National Team.
6. Jason Kreis
Before Jason Kreis ever became the manager for Real Salt Lake, he was an ace player for the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) and RSL, recording 108 goals in 305 appearances for both clubs.
Kreis also played in the midfield, but he really shined as the scoring catalyst up top. Check out this sweet shot from RSL's main man.
5. Eduardo Hurtado
Back in the old days of MLS, back when the league was on shaky ground, there were forwards that knew how to produce, and produce at will.
One of those players: Eduardo Hurtado, the Tank.
In 108 appearances for the Los Angeles Galaxy, NY-NJ MetroStars and New England Revolution, Hurtado recorded 47 goals before returning to South America to finish his career.
4. Taylor Twellman
If the concussions were not an issue, Taylor Twellman could have been placed higher on this list. But during the time Twellman was a member of the New England Revolution, he simply knew how to score, period.
101 goals in 174 appearances can't go wrong. Check out some of them in this clip.
3. Landon Donovan
As a provider, Landon Donovan packs a punch. But as a pure scorer, Donovan is even more dangerous.
Having recorded 115 goals in 255 league appearances for San Jose and Los Angeles, LD is money when it comes to goals.
Check out this flick containing some of Landon's wonderful goals.
2. Jaime Moreno
Jaime Moreno, Mr. D.C. United, was a clutch goal scorer back in his day.
71 goals in 329 league appearances equates to a lot of production. Without Jaime Moreno, there would be no dynasty for D.C. in the early days of MLS.
These goals are proof of Moreno's place on this list.
1. Jeff Cunningham
Jeff Cunningham and the net are a marriage made in heaven
Major League Soccer's most prolific goalscorer has 134 to his name in 360 appearances for five different clubs, the most notable being the Columbus Crew.
See a sample of Cunningham's cunning ability to score goals in this clip. This is a reason why he is at the top of the top 15 pure scorers in MLS history.