Tuesday, September 09, 2008

MLS Assist Title Margins

With Guillermo Barros Schelotto attempting to become just the second MLS player to reach twenty assists this year, I thought it would be interesting to see just how dominant Valderrama's record-setting 2000 season was.

As it turns out, not only did Valderrama set the mark for most assists, but he also set the record for the largest gap between the top assist man and second place, outdistancing Steve Ralston by nine helpers. The only tie occurred in 2001 when Diego Serna and John Wilmar Perez shared the crown.

Carlos Valderrama 9 2000
Preki 6 2003
Jaime Moreno 4 2004
Marco Etcheverry 3 1998
Steve Ralston 3 2002
Marco Etcheverry 2 1996
Carlos Valderrama 2 1997
Steve Ralston 1 1999
Dwayne De Rosario 1 2005
Terry Cooke 1 2006
Steve Ralston 1 2007

If the season ended today, Guillermo Barros Schelotto would place second on this list, as he is currently eight assists ahead of Salt Lake's Javier Morales.

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