It has taken a long while to establish soccer as a bona-fide sport in North America, but Major League Soccer has undoubtedly achieved that feat.
The first season in 1996 took place with just 10 teams and subsequent financial struggles threatened to kill the league before it got off the ground.
However, the MLS has proved the doubters wrong to become a genuine fifth ‘major league’ in the United States and Canada.
The introduction of the Designated Player Rule in 2007 changed the landscape in the MLS, allowing clubs to add world-class stars to their squads.
Players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney have helped to raise the profile of the league, creating a platform for the competition to flourish in the future.
Although the MLS has only been around for just over two decades, it has quickly built up a reputation for being hugely entertaining.
Goals are the name of the game in any football league, and the MLS has been blessed with a plethora of forwards who know where the back of the net is.
Read on as we reveal who are the current all-time top 10 goalscorers in the MLS (as of June 2020).
All-Time MLS Top 10 Scorers
1. Chris Wondolowski: 159 goals in 171 appearances
2. Landon Donovan: 133 goals in 193 appearances
3. Kei Kamara: 127 goals in 207 appearances
4. Jaime Moreno: 121 goals in 188 appearances
5. Bradley Wright-Phillips: 108 goals in 136 appearances
6. Jeff Cunningham: 108 goals in 176 appearances
7. Ante Razov: 105 goals in 174 appearances
8. Dwayne de Rosario: 96 goals in 234 appearances
9=. Edson Buddle: 88 goals in 203 appearances
9=. Jason Kreis: 88 goals in 236 appearances
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CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI – (San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo)
Wondolowski was first drafted to the MLS in 2005 and has since become the all-time record scorer in the competition.
He twice won the MLS Cup with Houston in 2006 and 2007 and is the only player to have scored 10 or more goals in 10 consecutive seasons.
Wondolowski’s four-goal haul for San Jose against Chicago Fire in 2019 broke Landon Donovan’s record and cemented his status as a true MLS legend.
The 37-year-old was expected to hang up his boots at the end of this season, but is believed to be considering playing again in 2021.
LANDON DONOVAN – (San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy)
Donovan was widely recognised as THE face of soccer in the United States during the early part of the 21st century.
He first made his name with San Jose, helping the club win the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003 whilst on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.
Donovan signed a permanent deal with Galaxy in 2005 and went on to establish himself as one of the most prolific goalscorers in the MLS.
Loan spells with Bayern Munich and Everton between 2009 and 2012 were largely unsuccessful, but Donovan remains one of the best players ever to grace the MLS.
KEI KAMARA – (Columbus Crew, San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, New England Revolution, Vancouver Whitecaps, Colorado Rapids)
Kamara has spent the bulk of his career in the MLS, representing seven different clubs with distinction during his time in the league.
His efforts with Sporting Kansas City from 2009 to 2013 brought him to the attention of Norwich City, but he failed to turn his loan deal into a permanent move.
He spent a season in the Championship with Middlesbrough, before returning to the MLS with Columbus for the 2015 season.
Kamara has continued to score on a regular basis in the MLS since then and could yet overtake Donovan in the all-time standings.
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