MLS Golden Boot

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The MLS Golden Boot (currently the Budweiser Golden Boot for sponsorship reasons) has been awarded since the 2005 season to Major League Soccer's regular season leading scorer. The award replaced the MLS Scoring Champion Award that was awarded since the league's inception in 1996.

1996–2004[edit]

Prior to 2005 MLS used a point system that awarded two points for a goal and one point for an assist to give the MLS Scoring Champion Award. The players on the left won the Scoring Champion Award, while the players on the right would have won the Golden Boot if it had existed since 1996.

Season MLS Scoring Champion MLS Golden Boot
Player Club Points Player Club Goals
1996 United States Roy Lassiter Tampa Bay Mutiny 58 United States Roy Lassiter Tampa Bay Mutiny 27
1997 United States Preki Kansas City Wizards 41 Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United 16
1998 Trinidad and Tobago Stern John Columbus Crew 57 Trinidad and Tobago Stern John Columbus Crew 26
1999 United States Jason Kreis Dallas Burn 51 United States Jason Kreis Dallas Burn 18
2000 Senegal Mamadou Diallo Tampa Bay Mutiny 56 Senegal Mamadou Diallo Tampa Bay Mutiny 26
2001 Honduras Alex Pineda Chacón Miami Fusion 47 Honduras Alex Pineda Chacón Miami Fusion 19
2002 United States Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 52 Guatemala Carlos Ruíz Los Angeles Galaxy 24
2003 United States Preki Kansas City Wizards 41 Guatemala Carlos Ruíz Los Angeles Galaxy
15
United States Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 15
2004 Honduras Amado Guevara MetroStars 30 United States Brian Ching San Jose Earthquakes 12
United States Pat Noonan New England Revolution 30

2005–present[edit]

Since 2005 Major League Soccer has awarded the MLS Golden Boot to the player who has scored the most goals outright, with ties being broken by assists.

Season Player Club Goals Games Rate
2005 United States Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 17 25 0.68
2006 United States Jeff Cunningham Real Salt Lake 16 31 0.52
2007 Brazil Luciano Emilio D.C. United 20 29 0.69
2008 United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 20 25 0.80
2009 United States Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas 17 28 0.61
2010 United States Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes 18 28 0.64
2011 Canada Dwayne De Rosario Toronto FC
New York Red Bulls
D.C. United
16 33 0.48
2012 United States Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes 27 32 0.84
2013 Brazil Camilo Sanvezzo Vancouver Whitecaps FC 22 32 0.69