Can Cristian Arango break the record for MLS goals in a single season?

When Real Salt Lake completed the fetch deal Christian “Chicho” Arango Returning to Major League Soccer last summer, they knew they were getting a proven goalscorer. But the Colombian's influence over the past year has exceeded all expectations.

Arango has it now He scored 24 goals and contributed five assists in 36 matches For RSL, becoming the focal point of the attack under Pablo Mastroni. His scoring rate has been impressive in 2024, and right at the halfway point of the regular season, he has a real chance to break the MLS scoring record.

Captain Real Salt Lake has He scored 16 goals in 17 matches this seasonWhich made him three goals ahead of Christian Benteke and four goals ahead of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on the scorers list.

What is the MLS scoring record?

It is the highest-scoring single season in American League history Carlos Vela's 2019 campaign with LAFCwhen he got up 34 goals in 31 matches For Champions Shield fans. Vela was named MLS Most Valuable Player that year, and that record seemed insurmountable in a 34-game season.

He is one of three players to reach 30 goals in one season, along with… Atlanta United player Joseph Martinez (31 goals in 2018) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Los Angeles Galaxy (30 as of 2019).

Arango has already had a very successful spell in MLS with Los Angeles, scoring 14 goals in 17 games after arriving midway through the season and leading the team to the MLS Cup in 2022. However, this year's scoring is on a different level. And its impact on team performance. The overall gameplay is equally impressive. Whether he is able to continue his current pace and break the record or not, his coach is fully aware of his importance to the team.

Earlier this week, Mastroni praised Arango's impact on the team: “When you have a guy like Chicho on the field, his reputation follows him. All the other men were waiting for this man to show up, jump on his back and go.He did it, won the championship, and was the top scorer in this league“…It makes it easier.”


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