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Philadelphia’s Jack McInerney would be league’s youngest Golden Boot winner

May 19, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

Jack McInerney head shot

We keep saying that we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves on Jack McInerney’s sensational season around PPL Park – but it’s just so darned tempting.

So here’s a little factoid to stick in your back pocket, carry around with you, maybe even drop it at your next cocktail party or meet-up with fellow soccer friends:

McInerney, 20, would indeed be the league’s youngest Golden Boot Winner to date if he continues to lead the league in scoring. He would be 21 by about three months when the regular season closes in late October.

“Jack Mac” currently leads the league with eight goals.

(MORE: Highlights, as McInerney nails yet another game-winner for Philadelphia)

Stern John was still 21 when he won in 1998, but he was just days away from turning 22 as the league’s third season came to a close. (John, a former Trinidad and Tobago international, went on to establish a pretty solid career in England, mostly in the country’s second tier.)

Taylor Twellman was 22 when he captured the Golden Boot in 2002.

  1. tackledummy1505 - May 20, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    What’s really funny was I thought Jack could put up these numbers two years ago. I had no doubt that if Nowak or any right minded Union manager at that would’ve played Le Toux in supporting attacker with Mwanga and McInerny up top that the Philadelphia Union would’ve had the most explosive offense ever in the MLS. To this day I don’t believe the Union are playing their best or to their absolute strengths but Jack Mac is definitely putting in his chances. Especially when Le Toux has the chance to set him up. Via this past weekend’s game against the Chicago Fire.

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