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.
LIMA, Peru (AP) Peru has extradited the country’s former soccer boss to the United States for his alleged involvement in a multibillion-dollar FIFA bribery scandal involving marketing and broadcasting rights.
Manuel Burga was sent to New York on a commercial flight before dawn on Friday.
He has been in jail since December 2015 as part of the investigation. Peru’s Supreme Court in June cleared the way for his extradition and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a decree authorizing the move a week ago.
Burga oversaw Peru’s football federation for more than a decade until 2014. He has denied any wrongdoing.
While the battle for MLS Cup 2016 has been dwindled down to two sides, the rest of the league continues to make roster transactions in preparation for next season.
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The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Friday that the club has exercised options on six players, including goalkeeper David Bingham, Fatai Alashe, Kip Colvey and Victor Bernardez.
Additionally, the Earthquakes have released nine players, including U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson, Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, however, the latter two are reportedly in talks to return to the club in 2017.
NAPLES, Italy (AP) Napoli eased to a 3-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Friday, with two goals in the opening five minutes.
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The home side got off to a lightning start as, following a wonderful team move, Jose Callejon headed back Marek Hamsik’s chipped pass for Piotr Zielinski to volley into the bottom left corner.
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Zielinski turned provider moments later as Hamsik beat the offside trap to run onto his pass and fire into the bottom right corner.
It was Hamsik’s 104th goal for Napoli, moving him level with Edinson Cavani in third in the clubs’ goalscoring charts. The Slovakia forward needs 11 more to equal Diego Maradona’s record.
Inter started the second half aggressively but hopes of getting back into the match were scuppered six minutes after the restart when Lorenzo Insigne netted his fourth goal in three league matches after visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic only flapped at a corner.
Napoli moved level on points with Atalanta, which visits league leader Juventus on Saturday, and fourth-placed Lazio, which hosts Roma in the capital derby on Sunday.
Inter, which beat Fiorentina 4-2 on Monday for its first win under coach Stefano Pioli, remained eighth ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.
On a day where Atlanta United added another young talent, the 2017 MLS expansion side could be preparing to make a major splash for a South American playmaker.
According to numerous Argentine media outlets, Atlanta is closing in on signing Paraguay international Miguel Almiron for an MLS-record fee of $13 million from Lanus at the end of 2016.
Almiron, 22, has scored three goals in 34 appearances for Lanus since joining the Argentine club in 2015. The young winger began his professional career back in 2013 with Cerro Porteno, where Almiron also played for the club’s youth academy.
On the international stage, Almiron has already earned seven caps for Paraguay after previously representing the nation’s Under-17 and U-20 national teams.