Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Living For The City (updated)

I've got another MLS stat count for ya, and this one was both exhausting and exhaustive. So what I did was go through every goal ever scored in regular season play (up to and including last night) to determine the highest-scoring American cities.

Typically, it was as simple as counting by birthplace in a metro area. In a few instances, I included guys who moved to an adopted hometown from a foreign country at a tender age, but they then had to develop as a true product of the area.

Of course, not all metro areas are created equal, some cover more area and population than others. But I tried to be reasonable - for instance, Clint Dempsey was born not too terribly far from Houston, but it was just too far to consider him a product of that city. And some may bristle that L.A. and San Fran got double metro areas to count from, but I had to consider how the cities function and make a decision.

UPDATE: I've added Wednesday's goals and will do the same for any scored by Americans in Thursday's lone tilt.

I may go on to do one for postseason goals. But without further ceremony, your top 20 (I called the top four prior to the count) and all those who were included in their respective town's calculation...

#1 - LA/Anaheim 988

(Donovan 145 Razov 114 Gordon 53 Pontius 43 Larentowicz 38 Wynalda 34 Zardes 32 Victorine 32 Kljestan 29 Balboa 24 Gomez 24 Baicher 21 Conrad 20 Lozzano 17 Corrales 16 Rogers 15 Vagenas 14 Gil 11 Harvey 11 Kelly 10 Ramirez 10 Villafana 9 Bornstein 9 Brose 9 Caligiuri 9 Califf 9 Delgado 9 Franklin 8  Thorrington 8 DiGiamarino 7 Pena 6 Roldan 6 Franchino 5 Anibaba 5 Lapper 5 Bocanegra 5 Keller 5 Villarreal 5 Dunseth 5 Paladini 5 Birnbaum 5 Thompson 5 Bowen 4 McBean 4 Kooiman 3 Perez 3 Marquez 3 Myers 3 Jordan 2 Romney 2 Glad 2 Taylor 2 Steres 2 Orozco 2 Jamieson 2 Morales 2 Wahl 1 Nakazawa 1 Shak 1 Stewart 1 Whitfield 1 Enfield 1 Novak 1 Wilson 1 Watson 1 Vincent 1)

#2 - St. Louis 504

(Twellman 101 Ralston 76 Davis 57 Bruin 55 Klein 49 Noonan 42 Jewsbury 28 Rhine 23 Trittschuh 18 McKeon 13 Kamler 12 Sorber 9 Santel 6 Schuler 5 Heinemann 4 Barklage 2 Grossman 2 Ream 1 DiRaimondo 1)

#3 - New York 342

(Buddle 100 Wolyniec 33 Mullan 29 Marino 25 Rooney 20 LaBrocca 18 Grella 16 McNamara 13 Armas 12 Petke 12 Kotschau 10 Williams 8 Maessner 8 Cila 8 Semioli 7 Tinsley 4 Muyl 4 Anderson 4 Picault 4 Wallace 2 Wingert 1 Bedoya 1 Unger 1 Caccavale 1 Parker 1)


#4 - Atlanta 235

(Wolff 80 Mathis 61 Clark 35 West 18 Martino 13 Cronin 8 Zimmerman 6 Creavalle 5 Brettschneider 3 Duvall 2 Moore 1 Caskey 1 Vaughn 1 Kinney 1)

#5 - Seattle 195

(Henderson 51 Neagle 38 Rowe 27 Morris 14 Weaver 13 Farrell 11 Medved 7 Sawatzky 6 John 6 Russell 5 Kingsley 4 Henderson 4 Gjertsen 2 Webber 2 Yedlin 1 Holocher 1 McLoughlin 1 Okoli 1 Kovar 1)

#6 - Washington D.C. 187

(Lassiter 88 Sapong 44 Cristman 13 Carroll 9 Okoh 8 Denton 5 Goodson 5 Banner 3 Barclay 3 Russell 2 Cooks 2 Alston 1 White 1 Stertzer 1 Onyewu 1 Hayes 1)

#7 - Dallas/Ft. Worth 186

(Nguyen 47 Moor 26 Prampin 17 Powers 14 Burciaga 14 Deering 13 Gonzalez 12 Acosta 8 Jeffrey 5 Ulloa 4 Akpan 4 Doyle 4 Woolard 3 Broome 3 Freeman 2 Luna 2 Watson 2 Garcia 1 Woodberry 1 Jumper 1 Top 1 Garza 1 Vide 1)

#8 - Chicago 175

(McBride 80 Magee 70 Shipp 14 Robinson 3 Stephens 3 Kirk 1 Spector 1 Calistri 1 Plotkin 1 Remick 1)


#9 - Detroit 165

(Jones 70 Meram 32 Maisonneuve 23 Lalas 16 Saad 8 Zavagnin 8 Alashe 5 Bedell 2 Holody 1)


#10 - Oakland 162

(Wondo 129 Carr 14 Doyle 11 Wiedeman 4 Pearce 2 Nash 1 Lima 1)

#11 - Baltimore 158

(Cooper 75 Washington 52 Quaranta 27 Peay 2 Allnutt 1 Wheeler 1)

#12 - San Diego 153

(Barrett 58 Kirovski 30 Lewis 12 Hejduk 12 Avila 9 Soares 6 Farfan 4 Duhaney 4 Guy 4 Bowers 3 George 3 Zizzo 3 Carrasco 2 Da Luz 1 Vazquez 1 Garvey 1)


#13 - Philadelphia 113

(Gaven 51 Convey 13 Albright 11 Vermes 11 Curtis 9 Curtin 5 King 3 Gargan 3 Parke 2 Rosenberry 2 Finley 2 Curtin 1)

#14 - San Francisco/San Jose 110

(Bravo 52 Dayak 9 Lletget 8 Gray 7 Hill 7 Ibsen 6 Okugo 5 White 4 Beitashour 3 Uderitz 2 Roner 2 Roberts 2 Martin 1 Woodring 1 Joya 1)

#15 (tie) - Denver 109

(Casey 71 Lisi 7 Dunivant 7 Pitchkolan 5 Warner 4 Trembly 4 Kemp 3 Hart 2 Brovsky 2 Tribett 2 Keel 1 Ashton 1)

#15 (tie) - Omaha 109

(Kreis 108 Kallman 1)

#17 - Newark 97

(Altidore 45 Harkes 16 Villegas 15 Walsh 10 Ramos 8 Allen 1 Lade 1 Miazga 1)

#18 - Phoenix 95

(Findley 40 Evans 24 DeLeon 13 McDonald 7 Cascio 4 Whitfield 3 Gavin 3 Lennon 1)


#19 - Houston 66

(Alvarez 32 Baba 24 Burling 5 Gardner 3 Phelan 2)

#20 - Dayton 64

(Rolfe 64)






- Greg Seltzer

10 comments:

Tom said...

Hah, that's quite a lark!

Steve said...

Well done on this list; I've never seen anything like it before. I have to protest, though, on Kenny Cooper, who is a Dallas guy, even though he was born in Baltimore. Also, Dempsey played youth soccer with the Dallas Texans. So that's another 234 goals for Dallas. Which makes us #3

Ryan said...

Awesome list. I will make a case that Jack McInerney, though born in Chattanooga, should count as Atlanta since he grew up and played his youth soccer here before moving to the IMG academy.

Unknown said...

Cool list...only suggested change would be combining Oakland with SF/San Jose. The area is significantly smaller than LA/Anaheim. Oakland is just a few miles from SF as opposed to San Jose's 45 miles. Or you could break up LA/Anaheim as that covers much more area in a much more densely populated region. Otherwise a great read.

Greg Seltzer said...

Thanks, fellas. Cooper was already 12, I believe, when he moved to Dallas, and I think Jack Mac was maybe even a little older when he went to Atlanta. Dempsey was about 15 or 16 when he went to Dallas. So I have considered your arguments, but still feel their hometowns listed in the count should stick. :)

As far as the LA/Anaheim thing, I see what you're saying, but to me the lines between them is quite blurred. Perhaps my recent month long stay in Anaheim with frequent trips to the city colored my decision... but oh well. The Bay Area one was my toughest call, I went back and forth on that for a while. In the end, I decided to split SF/SJ and Oakland because of their personality differences (again, I recently had a short stay in Oakland while making several trips across the bridge).

Newark was another one that was tough, as it really is so close to NYC, but again I decided that it stands on its own, personality-wise.

dikranovich said...

at least kyle beckermans goals would bump DCs tally above seattle. anyone who played high school ball at dematha is DC product. Adu really should be in there as well.

Nick said...

Not as many goals as the other guys, but I think Brian West is more Columbia, MD than Georgia. Probably slightly closer to Baltimore than DC. https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2013/02/01/what-ever-happened-brian-west

But it doesn't matter.

Owen Summers said...

Small potatoes on this list, but Dario Brose was born and raised in New York. Not sure what his California connection would be.

Dany Tzvi said...

I think the bay area split is fine. Oakland is close to a part of San Jose, but the big youth clubs are on the other side of SJ. SJ and East Bay both have some top youth teams, SF doesnt really, and good SF players will come down the peninsula to Santa Clara County to play (i.e. lletget did this)

Joe Fen said...

what a useless stat... you have time to spend on that? you have too much time on your hand.