By the Numbers - November 3
The Crew scored 43 goals in 2011, three more than last season. The Black & Gold scored a club-record 67 in 1998.
Andres Mendoza won the Crew’s Golden Boot award this season with 13 goals. It was the club’s highest single-season total since Jeff Cunningham scored 16 in 2002.
Jeff Cunningham broke the Crew’s all-time scoring record in thrilling fashion on July 6 at Vancouver, with a stoppage time goal that also allowed him to tie Jaime Moreno for the MLS all-time scoring lead (133).
Cunningham’s 64th goal in Black & Gold was the one that broke the all-time MLS scoring record. On Aug. 27 at Seattle, the veteran forward took a well-placed penalty kick that made him the most prolific goal-scorer in MLS history.
In the end, Eddie Gaven suffered ‘only’ 65 fouls. Gaven was the third most fouled player in the league in 2011.
Robbie Rogers recorded a career-high seven assists this season, breaking his previous record of five tallied in 2009.
Crew Newcomer of the Year Sebastian Miranda was the only player on the team to break the 3,000 minute mark and appear in every game (34).
3,257 – 2 – 3
The rookie class of 2011 which includes Bernardo Anor, Rich Balchan, Eric Gehrig, Cole Grossman, Aaron Horton, Justin Meram and Korey Veeder, posted a combined 3,257 minutes this season, scoring two goals and three assists. Last season’s rookies, Dilly Duka and Shaun Francis, played a total of 1,053 and recorded one assist.
Nineteen Crew players were named to the MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week. Rich Balchan (week 15), William Hesmer (week 14), Julius James (three times: weeks 13, 22 and 23), Chad Marshall (four times: weeks 2, 3, 4 and 19), Bernardo Anor (week 14), Dilly Duka (twice: weeks 5 and 32), Tom Heinemann (week 10), Andres Mendoza (three times: weeks 11, 15 and 31), Robbie Rogers (week 20), Emilio Renteria (week 7) and Eddie Gaven (week 29).
The Crew tied a league record for the most offside calls against in a game. The previous occurrence was on July 21, 1996, when Tampa was called offside 15 times against Colorado. The Crew’s previous record was 13 on July 7, 1996, against Colorado.
Eight Crew players either recorded their first MLS goal or assist this season. Dilly Duka (two goals), Tommy Heinemann (three goals, one assist), Sebastian Miranda (three assists), Dejan Rusmir (two assists), Kevin Burns (one assist) and rookies Bernardo Anor (one goal, one assist), Rich Balchan (one goal) and Justin Meram (two assists).
The Crew broke another franchise record this season when it posted the most consecutive minutes without allowing a goal – 414 – between March 19 at D.C. and April 23 at Toronto. The previous record of 373 minutes was set in 2009 from July 25 vs. Toronto to Aug. 30 at New York.
Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer broke or extended 13 Crew records this season: games played and started in a season* (32), as well as minutes played in a season* (2,880); career games played and started (130), along with career minutes played (11,695), wins (109), losses* (38), ties (33), shots faced* (574), saves* (412), goals against (157) and shutouts (41). *denotes new record.