Matt Reis got his 100th victory in the New England Revolution’s win Wednesday night, earning a shout-out from Nick Rimando and a jersey from his club. On the other coast, Dwayne De Rosario moved within 5 goals of 100 for his career.
That got me thinking: What’s a more difficult feat to accomplish?
First, the numbers:
- The scorer’s club: Jeff Cunningham (134 goals; 0.53 goals/90 minutes), Jaime Moreno (133; 0.46), Landon Donovan (117; 0.47), Ante Razov (114; 0.50), Jason Kreis (108; 0.39), and Taylor Twellman (101; 0.60). (DeRo comes in at 0.39 goals/90 minutes.)
- The goalkeeper’s club: Kevin Hartman (174 wins in 387 games started), Zach Thornton (131 in 276), Nick Rimando (127 in 298), Joe Cannon (111 in 313), Scott Garlick (107 in 234), and Matt Reis (100 in 257).
Judging by those figures, it would seem that scoring 100 goals is a bit easier. On average, the strikers tally around once every 180 minutes, while the goalkeepers on the list win a little more than 40% of the time. So, all things being equal, the goalkeepers have an advantage.
Of course, all things are not equal. Netminders are more durable and have longer careers than forwards. Furthermore, players like Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson, and Ryan Meara are earning starting roles at extremely young ages, which gives them plenty of time to bank victories. (Flipside: A transfer to Europe, but that exists for star goalscorers as well, probably more so.)
Add it all up and you have to think it’s slightly easier for goalkeepers to reach 100 wins than for a field player to net 100 goals.
The real question, perhaps, is not which feat is more difficult, but how rare will it become? After De Rosario and Jon Busch — who needs 19 more victories — it’s a long way down on either side.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.