Kei Kamara 100 MLS goals, 12 seasons, 6 clubs

Week two of the 2018 MLS season was another entertaining one. With 38 goals scored across the nine games there was plenty of exciting action to feast upon. One of those 38 goals was more important than the rest on a personal level for Kei Kamara, as it was his 100th regular season goal on his 300th overall MLS appearance.

Kei Kamara 100 MLS goals: Stats by club

In Kamara’s 288 regular season games he has played for six clubs. His MLS career started out in 2006 with Columbus Crew, where he spent two seasons before briefly moving on to San Jose and then to Houston Dynamo.

From there he settled for his longest spell in at one MLS club to date, five seasons with Sporting Kansas City. In the last four seasons Kamara has played for Crew again, New England Revolution and now Vancouver Whitecaps. Let’s take a look at how his goals are broken down by club.

Kei Kamara 100 MLS Goals

Given that Kamara has been on the move a considerable amount it is no surprise to see his goals spread out. He scored the majority of his 100 goals during his time at Sporting KC and Crew SC respectively. In his 288 appearances he has averaged 0.42 goals per 90 minutes.

Kamara’s best season total came in 2015, where he netted a haul of 22 for Columbus Crew. Despite his efforts that season, his firepower was only enough to finish a runner-up in the MLS Cup final.

Kei Kamara 100 MLS goals: All-time list

There are just nine players ahead of Kamara in the Major League Soccer all-time goalscoring list. Out of those nine, just one player (Chris Wondolowski) is still a current player. Wondo is gunning for the overall record, which he may achieve this season. Sitting top of the list is Landon Donovan, who hit 145 goals in 340 games.

It is a possibility that Kamara could end the 2018 season 5th in the all-time standings. He would need another 15 goals to surpass Ante Razov’s 114. Although Kamara has only managed to score more than 15 in a single season on one occasion with his second-best single-season tally standing at 12, which he achieved last year with New England.

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Will there be a new all-time MLS leading goal scorer in the 2018 campaign?

The excitement is ramping up as the 2018 Major League Soccer season is just five days away. Clubs have been busy and it looks set to be one of the most competitive seasons ever given the influx of quality players into the league. However, one of the veterans could become the new all-time MLS leading goal scorer if stats are anything to go by.

That man is Chris Wondolowski. The San Jose Earthquakes forward is on an impressive 134 goals in 293 MLS games. The current record holder, Landon Donovan, sits top of the pile on 145, meaning Wondo needs just 12 goals to break the record.

Wondo’s form over the last five seasons suggests he is on course to net the 11 goals needed to equal the record. Age hasn’t yet been an issue for him either, despite celebrating his 35 birthday in the offseason, his form has been extremely consistent since turning 30 in 2013.

MLS leading goal scorer: Can Wondo break the record?

He has averaged 13.2 goals across his last five seasons. Wondo has not scored less than 11 goals in a season since 2009. He didn’t become a regular scorer until the 2010 season so the stats make for positive reading.

While Wondolowski won’t be playing for just personal accolades, he will surely have an eye on the record and will hope he can hit the ground running when MLS kicks off in less than a week.

Will Wondo break the all-time MLS leading goal scorer record this season?

Will Toronto break the record for the highest MLS points tally?

Toronto FC are on course to record the highest MLS points tally in history. They won 4-0 against at LA at the weekend, taking them to 62 points for the 2017 regular season.

LA Galaxy’s 68 points is the current record for the highest MLS points tally in one season. That came back in 1998, but Toronto only need seven points from five games to better it.

Greg Vanney’s side have been impressive this season. Their recent form shows exactly why they are closing in on the record. They have won six games in a row and are unbeaten in their last 11.

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Hunt for the highest MLS points tally – Toronto’s remaining fixtures:

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

New England Revolution vs Toronto FC

Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

Atlanta United vs Toronto FC

Previous results:

Toronto picked up eight points from the fixtures they have already played against the teams they are due to face. As mentioned, they only need seven points to break the record.

While this theory is only hypothetical it gives some grounding that they stand a good chance on previous results alone.

Home form:

Their remaining fixtures also give them a strong chance given that they have three games at BMO Field. Toronto have won 11 of their 14 home games this season, drawing the other three.

highest MLS points tally - can Toronto do it?

Though it is difficult to predict the outcome of MLS fixtures, Toronto fans must be feeling confident that they can break the record. Although it will be an exciting record to hold, Toronto will be more focused on winning the Supporter’s Shield and continuing their good form as they head into the playoffs.

If breaking the record comes down to their final game of the season it will be some spectacle at the impressive Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Do you think Toronto will break the record for the highest points tally in MLS history? 

The Dugout: Why Mourinho will bring instant success to Manchester United

The 2016/17 Premier League season is fast approaching and a number of clubs will start the campaign with new managers. Fans will be expecting more from their team and this time around, ‘The Dugout‘ will assess why Jose Mourinho will bring instant success to Manchester United…

The appointment of Jose Mourinho has excited Manchester United fans on the whole and he has already started his usual antics with the press. The new United manager means business, he has signed some world class players already and more are being linked to the club on a daily basis.

It has always seemed a matter of when rather than if, in terms of Mourinho managing Manchester United, and it looks to have come at the perfect time for the club and the man himself.

In Mourinho’s unveiling as United boss he made a number of bold statements and signalled his intent, saying all the things the fans wanted to hear: “I want everything. I want to win matches, I want to play well, I want to play young players. I want our fans to cheer us defending a lead rather than chasing a lead.”

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So let’s have a look at why United fans can expect instant success with Mourinho

First season silverware…

Mourinho has a brilliant track record of bringing silverware in his first season at clubs.

Porto 2002/03: Primera Liga, UEFA Cup, Taça de Portugal
Chelsea 2004/05: Premier League, League Cup
Inter Milan 2008/09: Serie A, Supercoppa Italianna
Real Madrid 2010/11: Copa del Ray 

Squad revamp… 

Manchester United fans don’t need telling that new signings are a feature of Mourinho’s first season as they have already signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly. Negotiations are also underway for a reported world-record £100 million fee for Paul Pogba.

Porto 2002/03: £6.8m – 15 players signed
Chelsea 2004/05: £99.3m – ten players signed 

Inter Milan 2008/09: £43.6m – seven players signed
Real Madrid 2010/11: £62.25m – six players signed

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Consistency…

Mourinho’s consistent ability to win trophies has seen him win at least one trophy each calendar year from 2003-2012. He also retained league titles at Porto (02/03 & 03/04), Chelsea (04/05 & 05/06) and Inter (08/09 & 09/10), while dethroning what has been labelled as one of the best FC Barcelona sides in history with Real Madrid in 2011/12.

The Treble…

Manchester United fans will dream of winning the treble once again and Mourinho has a proven track record of bringing three trophies in a single season. At Porto in the 2002/03 as mentioned above, he won three trophies and in his second season as Inter boss, the historic treble of Serie A, UEFA Champions League and Coppa Italia saw him sign off in style.

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Premier League experience…

Not that United fans will need reminding – Mourinho has won the Premier League three times. He holds the record for the fewest matches taken to rack up 400 points – just 174 games – bettering Sir Alex Ferguson’s 191 and Arsene Wengers 208 games, respectively.

Manchester United fans will be eager for Mourinho to beat the Premier League highest points tally of 95 – a record he achieved in the 04/05 season with Chelsea as he won the league losing just once.

Despite Mourinho’s sour half season with Chelsea in 2015/16, he still boasts the best Premier League win rate of 66% (win rate stats count after 20 or more league games managed).

His current Premier League record stands at 212 games, 140 wins, 44 draws and 28 losses and his overall experience has seen him rack up 513 league games managed with six clubs.

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While there is a huge amount of work for Mourinho to do to bring instant success to United, it is clear enough that he has the ability to return the club to the highest level in his first season. He will be eager to lift his fourth Premier League trophy and bring the Premier League trophy back to Old Trafford for the first time since the 2012/13 season.

Will Mourinho be an instant success at United? Can he win the Premier League?

Could Palace break disappointing club record this season after West Brom loss?

Crystal Palace‘s 3-2 defeat away at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening marked their 13th loss of the Premier League season so far.

Alan Pardew‘s side have been nose-diving and failure to win a league game since a 2-1 success away at Stoke on December 19 has seen them slip from sixth in the table to 14th.

The Eagles are now just eight points above the drop zone with 11 games remaining, and hopes of competing for European qualification have long gone, with the prospect of a relegation battle fast becoming a possibility.

Not only did the West Brom defeat have implications on their position in the table, but it also meant that Palace have now gone ten consecutive league games without a win.

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It’s their worst run in the top flight for 11 years as they also went on a ten-game winless streak in the 2004/05 season, when they were eventually relegated.

Palace’s previous longest period without winning a Premier League game came in the 1997/98 campaign when they recorded a run of 15 games without victory – they finished bottom that year.

Failure to win any of their next five games this season would see them match that club record of most games without a win in the Premier League – six games without victory would see it eclipsed.

Crystal Palace’s next six Premier League fixtures:

  • Sunderland (away) – Tuesday, March 1
  • Liverpool (home) – Sunday, March 6
  • Leicester (home) – Saturday, March 19
  • West Ham (away) – Saturday, April 2
  • Norwich (home) – Saturday, April 9
  • Arsenal (away) – Sunday, April 17
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Alan Pardew is suffering a manager’s worst nightmare right now and when things aren’t going right, nothing seems to go your way, which usually results in confidence hitting rock bottom.

All of a sudden, Tuesday night’s trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland holds massive importance for this Crystal Palace side as four of their next five fixtures after that look ominous.

If the Eagles can’t stop the rot sooner rather than later, then they could well find themselves in a whole lot of trouble come May.

Will Crystal Palace break the club record for their longest winless run in the Premier League? Are they slipping into a relegation battle?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester City vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs Manchester United 

Venue: King Power Stadium – Saturday, November 28 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Leicester City 11/5 – Draw 23/10 – Manchester United 11/8

Match Preview

Leicester City welcome Manchester United to the King Power Stadium in a top of the table clash in the late kick off on Saturday afternoon as the top two in the Premier League go head-to-head.

The home side are in a great run of form and lead the division by a point heading into this one. Claudio Ranieri’s men will be full of confidence but will also be well aware of the challenge they face in this tie.

Leicester come into the game off the back of their impressive 3-0 away win over Newcastle last weekend where Jamie Vardy equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in ten consecutive Premier League games. He will now look to break it against Van Nistelrooy’s former club.

Leicester City’s Premier League record: P13 – W8 – D4 – L1

This has the makings of a game not to miss, especially for those that remember the action-packed fixture between the sides from last season which ended 5-3 to Leicester.

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Manchester United have quietly gone about their business this season. They have come under some criticism but can top the Premier League after the weekend if they win here, regardless of other results.

Louis Van Gaal’s side come into the game off the back of their 2-1 win away at Watford, where they showed their resilience to take all three points late on.

Manchester United’s Premier League record: P13 – W8 – D3 – L2

United know how difficult of a task this is going to be and will be all too aware of how dangerous Leicester can be on the counter attack, so they cannot afford any lapses in concentration.

This game is winnable for United, but it is going to take a fine performance to stop the high-flying Leicester, and we can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

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Team News

Leicester have just the one injury concern, with Matthew James out. Ranieri will be expecting his side to continue with their committed performances and will not expect the magnitude of the tie to get to them.

Manchester United’s injury concerns are ongoing. Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick are all expected to miss out. Luke Shaw will continue to be unavailable as he recovers from that horrific leg break, but he is making steady progress.

Key Points

Leicester City’s last five: D/W/W/W/W

Manchester United’s last five: W/D/D/W/W

Key Stat: Manchester United have won ten out of the last 11 meetings between the sides in all competitions.

Key Player: Jamie Vardy – All eyes will be on Vardy once more. The Englishman will be gunning to break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record and what a game it could be to do it in. You can’t ignore him for the key man in this one.

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Score Prediction

Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United – The two are so hard to split before kick off. Leicester are still enjoying their sensational start to the season and United are proving tough to breakdown. Score draw most likely.

Goals, broken records and more goals in crazy Saturday night of MLS action

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.

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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.

Chelsea star running out of time to break Arsenal legend’s record

Cesc Fabregas couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to life with Chelsea as his first ten Premier League games with the club saw him rack up an impressive nine assists.

Despite being quick out of the blocks this season, Fabregas has tailed off slightly and the assists have dried up with just two in his last seven league appearances.

The Spanish playmaker is now currently on 16 assists for the whole season and after his blistering start, Fabregas was tipped to break the all-time Premier League record for most assists in a campaign – a record currently held by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

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Henry laid on a monumental 20 goals for his teammates in the 2002/03 campaign and the closest anyone has come since was when Frank Lampard set-up 18 in the 2004/05 season while playing for Chelsea – Fabregas himself also recorded 17 assists in the 2007/08 season for Arsenal.

Most assists in a Premier League season:

  • 2002/03: Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 20
  • 2004/05: Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – 18
  • 2007/08: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) – 17
  • 1992/93: Eric Cantona (Manchester United) – 16
  • 2014/15: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – 16*

With nine games remaining, Fabregas has got a little bit more work to do if he is to break the record and he’ll certainly need to pick up the pace once again.

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The 27 year old had already set-up six goals in his first four Premier League games, so if he can replicate that kind of form, then he certainly stands a great chance of becoming the record holder.

Chelsea’s remaining fixtures:

  • 04 April – Stoke City (home)
  • 12 April – QPR (away)
  • 18 April – Manchester United (home)
  • 26 April – Arsenal (away)
  • 29 April – Leicester City (away)
  • 02 May – Crystal Palace (home)
  • 09 May – Liverpool (home)
  • 16 May – West Brom (away)
  • 24 May – Sunderland (home)

Stats: Southampton duo the most effective Premier League centre-backs

Southampton currently have the best defence in the Premier League this season having conceded fewer goals than any other team.

The Saints have let in just 21 goals from their 30 games, four less than the team with the next best back line, which is Chelsea who have conceded 25.

Captain Jose Fonte has missed just one game for Ronald Koeman‘s side in the 2014/15 campaign and he is currently leading the way as the centre-back with the most clean sheets – a total of 14.

Here is the numbers breakdown for the best six Premier League centre-backs based on those with a minimum of 15 appearances and the amount of goals their respective teams have conceded per-game when they play.

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Best Premier League centre-backs in 2014/15 (stats via Squawka)

Jose Fonte’s teammate Toby Alderweireld is statistically the most effective central defender in the division with the fewest goals conceded-per-game. The Belgian is on-loan from Spanish side Atletico Madrid and also boasts the best record for games-per-clean sheet.

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Arsenal‘s Laurent Koscielny is the next most impressive when it comes to the amount of goals conceded-per-game, although Chelsea defensive partners John Terry and Gary Cahill have shown why the Blues are top of the league as they have the next best games-per-clean-sheet ratio after Alderweireld and Fonte.

Perhaps unexpectedly, Manchester City‘s Eliaquim Mangala statistically has the sixth best record out of the Premier League’s centre-backs and is the most consistent successful passer of the ball, alongside John Terry with a pass completion ratio of 89%.

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Mangala also wins more tackles than the other five, while Alderweireld makes the most blocks and Koscielny the most interceptions.

The most surprising absentee from the top six centre-backs is probably Vincent Kompany. The Man City skipper concedes an average of one goal-per-game and has managed seven clean sheets at an average of three games-per-clean sheet.

Who is the best centre-back in the Premier League?

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Aston Villa vs West Brom

Competition: FA Cup Quarter-Final – Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion 

Venue: Villa Park – Saturday, March 7 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Aston Villa 8/5 – Draw 21/10 – West Brom 9/5

Match Preview

Aston Villa and West Brom clash at Villa Park for the second time this week on Saturday evening in a West Midlands derby FA Cup quarter-final tie.

Aston Villa will be relieved as much as they are delighted to have recorded their first win in 13 Premier League games when they beat West Brom 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to a late Christian Benteke penalty – it also marked their first win under new manager Tim Sherwood.

West Brom had been in good form before the defeat to Villa having won six, drawn three and lost just one of their last ten games in all competitions.

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The FA Cup has provided Aston Villa with some much needed respite from their poor Premier League form, so if they can secure top flight status and continue their cup run, it could arguably still be a reasonably successful season given the circumstances.

Wins over Blackpool, Bournemouth and Leicester have seen them through to the quarter-final stage for the first time in five years and a trip to Wembley for the semi-final is now within touching distance.

Tony Pulis has revitalised West Brom since his arrival at the beginning of January, much like he did at Crystal Palace last season, and the midweek defeat to Villa was only his second in all competitions as the Baggies boss.

Strikers Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye have been instrumental for West Brom in recent weeks and have shared the goalscoring load successfully, as they showed in their comprehensive 4-0 win at home to West Ham in the fifth round with Ideye scoring twice and Berahino getting one.

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We’re at the stage of the competition where everyone can now almost smell the grass of the famous Wembley pitch and the players will be desperate to get an opportunity to play on such an stage, so we could see a highly competitive, hard-fought game. A proper FA Cup tie some would say.

Team News

Aston Villa will be without the suspended Alan Hutton. Aly Cissokho (groin), Chris Herd (knee), Nathan Baker (knee) and Libor Kozak (leg) will all miss out through injury while Philippe Senderos and Kieran Richardson are also doubts. Ron Vlaar is expected to return to the squad.

West Brom are likely to be without Victor Anichebe who is suffering with a groin strain. Callum McManaman missed the last game with a foot injury but may return to action this weekend depending on whether he passes a late fitness test.

Key Points

Aston Villa’s last five in all competitions: L/W/L/L/W

West Brom’s last five in all competitions: W/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: West Brom haven’t beaten Aston Villa in an FA Cup tie since February 1925. The two sides have clashed six times in the competition since then, which have resulted in five Villa wins and one draw.

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Key Player: Gabriel Agbonlahor – He seemed to have a new lease of life on Tuesday night and Tim Sherwood has clearly lifted the spirits and tried to get Villa playing positively and it showed in Agbonlahor’s forward play. If he can perform to near his best then he will be a real danger.

Score Prediction

Aston Villa 2-2 West Bromwich Albion – This has all the makings of a thoroughly entertaining cup tie and we could see it going back to The Hawthorns for a replay.