Chris Wondolowski is chasing a record for the ages — Roy Lassiter’s 27 goals in an MLS regular season. It’s one of many intriguing second-half stories.
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Chris Wondolowski’s record chase
Roy Lassiter’s record of 27 goals in an MLS regular season has certainly stood the test of time. It was set back in the league’s inaugural campaign of 1996, and the last time a player came remotely close to breaking the mark was in 2002, when Carlos Ruiz tallied 24 times. Only twice in the past decade has the league’s top scorer reached 20 goals in a season.
So can Wondolowski be the one to break through? There are some factors in the San Jose forward’s favor. Wondolowski is already on 17 goals, meaning he’ll have to score 11 more times in San Jose’s remaining 12 games. Seven of those matches will be at home, and eight of San Jose’s remaining games are against teams currently residing outside of the playoff places. It also helps that the Quakes aren’t encumbered by playing in the CONCACAF Champions League, which will test the endurance of teams such as Seattle and Los Angeles that are still on San Jose’s schedule. All told, it’s a race that Wondolowski figures to take down to the wire. ~ By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com