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MLS scoring average on rise
by Mike Woitalla, September 4th, 2012 2:13AM
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[MLS GOLEADORES] New England's French striker Saer Sene scored twice in a 3-3 tie with Chivas USA to join the Golden Boot race. ... Week 26's games averaged 2.91 goals per game as MLS is on pace for its highest scoring season since 2008. ... For the latest on the Golden Boot race and MLS scoring trends ...

* While the Golden Boot leaders went scoreless in Week 26, New England's Sene struck his 10th and 11th goals in Wednesday's 3-3 tie with Chivas USA to join 10 others who have scored more than 10 goals. But Sene suffered a knee injury late in the game and is out for the season.

* It's been a decade since MLS averaged three goals per game, and the previous three seasons were its lowest scoring ever. After 256 games in 2012, the league average is 2.68, the highest since the 2008 season produced 2.81.

MLS SCORING HISTORY
2012 -- 2.68
2011 -- 2.58
2010 -- 2.46
2009 -- 2.54
2008 -- 2.81
2007 -- 2.66
2006 -- 2.62
2005 -- 2.87
2004 -- 2.61
2003 -- 2.89
2002 -- 3.01
2001 -- 3.28
2000 -- 3.19
1999 -- 2.86
1998 -- 3.57
1997 -- 3.26
1996 -- 3.37


* MLS Leading Scorers

PlayerTeam (country)GoalsAssists
 Chris Wondolowski San Jose (USA) 18 6
 Kenny Cooper New York (USA) 14 2
 Alvaro Saborio Real Salt Lake (Costa Rica) 14 2
 Thierry Henry New York (France) 11 8
 Robbie Keane Los Angeles (Ireland) 11 8
 Freddy Montero Seattle (Colombia) 11 5
 Will Bruin Houston (USA) 11 3
 Alan Gordon San Jose (USA) 11 3
 Saer Sene New England (France) 11 3
 Eddie Johnson Seattle (USA) 11 2


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