Wow. We’re still trying to catch our breath after what was arguably the craziest night of Major League Soccer action ever.
There were a record-breaking 39 goals scored on Saturday night over the eight games – an average of 4.8 per game as teams across the league clearly found their shooting boots, and some.
Here’s a roundup of some of the records and streaks that were broken on Saturday night:
1. Goals, glorious goals
As mentioned already, there were a staggering 39 goals scored. That’s the most ever seen in a single night of MLS action and smashes the previous record of 30 in one night that was set on May 28, 2011.
2. Most goals in a single game since 2004
The night’s most incredible game took place in the nations capital as DC United and Real Salt Lake played out a 10-goal thriller, with DC winning 6-4. The game saw the most goals ever scored in a single match at RFK Stadium and is the most in an MLS match since the 2004 season – a run of 11 years.
The most ever seen in one match is 11 when LA Galaxy beat Colorado Rapids 7-4 back in 1998 but DC United’s mad game with Real Salt Lake last night will probably go down as this season’s most thrilling match.
This Nick DeLeon game ended a stunning night in fine style:
3. Whitecaps pile misery as Sounders break unwanted record
The Vancouver Whitecaps beat Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders 3-0 at CenturyLink Field to move back to the top of the Western Conference and the top of the Cascadia Cup standings.
Seattle’s defeat was their seventh in eight games as they moved below .500 for the first time this season and remain fifth in the West, just three points above the playoff line.
If things couldn’t get much worse, the Sounders broke their club record as it was the first time in club history they have failed to score in four-straight games. Worrying times for last year’s Supporters’ Shield winners.
4. Larin ties rookie record with 12 games to go
Orlando City made sure they were also involved in the goalscoring action as they beat Columbus Crew 5-2 at the Citrus Bowl. Cyle Larin added two more goals to his season tally of 11 to tie the rookie record for most goals in a season. Larin should beat that record with 12 games still to play in the regular season, especially as he has five in his last two.
5. LA Galaxy’s road nightmare over
LA Galaxy ended their 17-game winless run on the road with a 3-1 victory at the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
It was the first time they’ve picked up three points away from home in MLS since August last year, when ironically they beat the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.