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Robbie Keane, Will Bruin inch closer to playoff scoring record

Nov 16, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

Keane head shot

We know that Robbie Keane and Will Bruin have bigger things to worry about than chasing some dude they call “The Little Fish.” But let’s talk about this anyway …

The veteran Galaxy striker (Keane) and the second-year Dynamo striker (Bruin) have four goals apiece in the playoffs. They have one (or perhaps two … MLS Cup, anyone?) to make a move on Carlos Ruiz. Or somebody.

Right now, eight men have had better scoring runs in an MLS playoff season. At the top is Carlos Ruiz, who struck eight times for the Galaxy en route to the 2002 MLS Cup title.

Ruiz, by the way, had a full set of six matches to gather up his eight goals. The playoffs were configured differently then, but it was six matches through the final, just the same.  (And “El Pescadito” hit the game-winner in that 2002 final.)

Here is the list of top scorers in an MLS playoff season.


  1. Dan Haug - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    I’m sure it’s just a typo… but Donovan was playing for San Jose in 2001.

    • Steve Davis - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      Correct! Good catch. (now fixed)

  2. tylerbetts - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Stern John is an awesomely epic name.

  3. slxc - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Carlos “El Pescadito Ruiz” is one of the players who have been in the MLS, and his goals should never be forgotten. I hope to see him back to his retirement in the MLS.

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