D.C. United forward Dwayne De Rosario was awarded the 2011 Golden Boot for being Major Leagues Soccer’s leading scorer through the regular season with a career high 16 goals.
De Rosario tied with San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski for the league lead. MLS uses the same tie breaking method of assists as FIFA to determine the Golden Boot winner. De Rosario’s 12 assists was the tie breaker over Wondolowski’s 3 for the season.
Both De Rosario’s and Wondolowski’s team had little to play for in their last games and both teams did everything they could to get their players goals. San Jose ended up defeating FC Dallas 4 -2 and Wondolowski scored once to bring him up to 16. D.C. United hosted Sporting Kansas City but could not help De Rosario get one past Sporting KC’s stingy defense and ended up losing by one.
This year De Rosario became the first player in MLS history to score goals for three different teams over the course of a single season. When he was with Toronto FC, De Rosario scored one goal in two games before being traded to New York where he contributed two goals in 13 games. After joining D.C. United in a trade for Dax McCarty on June 27, De Rosario scored 13 goals and added seven assists in just 18 games.
Sporting Kansas City ended the season with three players (Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury and Omar Bravo) tied for team lead in goals with 9 each. IF Sporting KC uses the same criteria, Kamara will be their Golden Boot winner since he hasd the most assists as well. Kamara ended the season with 4 assists, Bunbury with 3 and Bravo with 2.
Top Goal Scorers in Each Season:
2011: 16 goals – Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United); Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
2010: 18 goals – Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
2009: 17 goals – Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas)
2008: 20 goals – Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
2007: 20 goals – Luciano Emilio (D.C. United)
2006: 16 goals – Jeff Cunningham (Real Salt Lake)
2005: 17 goals – Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
2004: 12 goals – Eddie Johnson (Dallas Burn); Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes)
2003: 15 goals – Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy); Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
2002: 24 goals – Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy)
2001: 19 goals – Alex Pineda Chacon (Miami Fusion)
2000: 26 goals – Mamadou Diallo (Tampa Bay Mutiny)
1999: 18 goals – Stern John (Columbus Crew); Roy Lassiter (D.C. United); Jason Kreis (Dallas Burn)
1998: 26 goals – Stern John (Columbus Crew)
1997: 16 goals – Jaime Moreno (D.C. United)
1996: 27 goals – Roy Lassiter (Tampa Bay Mutiny)