MLS scoring blitz breaks multiple records

Multiple individual scoring records have been broken or are within reach in MLS. The backdrop: its highest-scoring season in 17 years.

1. Individual single-season goals (broken).
Josef Martinez (Atlanta United) has already broken the previous record of 27 goals held by Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips. Amazingly, he has not scored in his last three games, his longest drought of the season.


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2. Individual career goals (within reach).
With two games remaining, Wondolowski has closed in on Landon Donovan’s all-time MLS goalscoring record of 145 regular-season goals. Wondolowski scored his 144th goal against the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 6.

3. Individual seasons with 10 or more goals (broken).
Wondo's goal against the Red Bulls gave him 10 goals in 2018, making him the first MLS player to score 10 or more goals in nine seasons -- and nine consecutive seasons, as well.
 
4. Individual career hat tricks (broken)
Martinez broke the record with his sixth career hat trick on July 21. The previous record was five by Stern John and Diego Serna.

5. Single-season top goalscoring trio (tied)
Martinez (30), Zlatan Ibrahimovic  (21) and Wright-Phillips (20) have combined for 71 goals, tied with 1996 goalscoring trio of Lassiter (27), Raul Diaz Arce (23) and Eduardo Hurtado (21) for the most goals by three players in a season.
 
6. Individual goals-per-game average for single season (within reach)
Martinez has 30 goals in 32 games for a 0.94 goals-per-game average, fourth in MLS history behind Didier Drogba (1.00 in 2015), John (0.96 in 1998) and Martinez (0.95 in 2017).
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