Let’s start at the Burn beginning and look back in time at who led Los Toros on the stat sheet each year. I’ll throw in a little context and some other notable scoring stats with each one.
1996 – Jason Kreis
After being selected in the 5th round (5th!!!!) of the MLS launch draft, Kreis came out his rookie year on fire. 13 goals (3 game-winners) and 5 assists in 31 games, some of it as a wide midfielder. Kreis is named an MLS All-Star and MLS Player of the Month for July (5 goals in 7 games).
He also scored the first goal in franchise history, the video here should be qued to that goal. (And Real Salt Lake history too at 4:04 below.)
Side note: did you know Kenny Cooper scored the first MLS goal in Portland Timbers history? It’s at 6:22 in the video.
The great Hugo Sanchez finishes his one year in MLS – 1996 – with 6 goals and 3 assists. Gerrell Elliott has 5 and 7.
1997 – Dante Washington
12 goals and 6 assists in 30 games. Washington was named an MLS All-Star and picked up two MLS Player of the Week nods. 3 game-winning goals.
Right behind Washington was Damian Alvarez, an MLS All-Star, with 11 goals (4 PKs) and 7 assists in 19 games. Jason Kreis nets 8 goals (4 of them PKs) with 6 assists in 32 games (21 starts), again some as a midfielder. Gerrell Elliott also a solid year with 7 goals and 5 assists. Alain Sutter, also MLS All-Star and MLS Player of the Month in May, has 8 assists in 21 games.
The Burn earned 10 PKs that year.
1998 – Jason Kreis
The year of balanced forward scoring. Kreis leads the way with 9 goals and 8 assists in 30 games. An amazing 6 game-winners by Kries – out of his 9 goals – and 2 game-winning assists.
Also having solid striker seasons were Dante Washington (7 goals, 5 assists in 28 games), the late Mickey Trotman (5 goals, 3 assists in 23 games), and Damian (4 goals, 2 assists in 13 games).
1999 – Jason Kreis
The greatest single season in franchise history and one of the greatest in MLS history: 18 goals and 15 assists. The first American-born MLS MVP. First 15/15 season in MLS. MLS All-Star. MLS Best XI. MLS Golden Boot (first in franchise history, with 51 points). Player of the Month for June. 6 MLS Player of the Week nods. The highest single-season goal total in franchise history (18). 6 game-winning goals and 7 game-winning assists.
Graziani joined the team late in the season and scored 4 times in 8 games during the regular season but then added 5 more in the playoffs including the series winner against Chicago in game 3. Chad Derring (4g/7a) and Oscar Pareja (4g/6a) also have strong seasons.
2000 – Ariel Graziani
The Kreis and Graziani partnership really takes off. Graziani leads the team in goals with 15 in 24 games (3 assists). Graziani is an MLS All-Star and wins MLS Player of the Week twice. He has three braces that season (by my count) and is named Team MVP.
Jason Kreis is actually the leading point-getter that year, which used to get you the Golden Boot in MLS, with 11 goals (4 game-winners) and 13 assists (4 game-winners). Kreis is also an MLS All-Star.
Oscar Pareja has 10 assists, 4 being game-winners.
2001 – Ariel Graziani
The 2nd season for Graziani as the Burn’s leading goal scorer with 11 goals and 8 assists in 25 games. An MLS All-Star nod.
Graziani and Jason Kreis continue their great striker partnership. Kreis with 7 goals and 10 assists in 25 games. He was also named an MLS All-Star. Oscar Pareja was named team MVP though with 12 assists, 4 of them game-winners. Zarco Rodriguez took all the PK, ending the season with 6 goals and 4 assists.
2002 – Jason Kreis
13 goals and 4 assists in 27 games by Jason Kreis. 5 game-winning goals and 2 game-winning assists. 0 PKs by Kreis, Zarco Rodriguez took all the PKs again. Kreis was named an MLS All-Star Reserve and an MLS Player of the Week for week 7.
A strong season on the stat sheet for the Burn. Antonio “Chivas” Martinez 4 goals, 10 assists.
Bobby Rhine: 7 goals, 6 assists and an MLS Player of the Week for his hat trick against Colorado.
Ronald Cerritos: 4 goals, 6 assists.
Joselito Vaca: 9 assists and MLS All-Star via Commissioner’s Pick.
Oscar Pareja: 6 assists.
2003 – Jason Kreis
The last season Mr Dallas Burn led the team in goals. 7 goals and 2 assists in 18 games.
Brad Davis with a respectable 6 goals and 5 assists in 26 games.
2004 – Eddie Johnson
The “Grown Ass Man” had his best season in Dallas with 12 goals and 3 assists in 26 games. Showing his clutch nature, an astounding 7 of his goals were game-winners. Only 1 PK.
Ronnie O’Brien with 10 assists (4 game-winners) and 2 goals in 29 games was named an MLS All-Star and MLS Best XI. Jason Kreis 5 goals and 2 assists in his final season with the franchise.
2005 – Carlos Ruiz
Fish flops his way to Dallas. 11 goals and 2 assists in 19 games with 3 game-winning goals and 3 PKs. Ruiz did win the MLS Goal of the Decade for a bicycle kick goal against DC United (awarded in 2010). He named an MLS All-Star.
This was another great statistical year for FCD.
Roberto Mina: 7 goals, 4 assists.
Ronnie O’Brien: 6 goals, 12 assists, All-Star, Best XI.
Ramon Nunez: 5 goals, 3 assists.
Eddie Johnson: 5 goals, 2 assists, All-Star.
2006 – Carlos Ruiz
Year two of the Fish. Ruiz led the line with 13 goals, 5 assists in 27 games. 2 game-winning goals. Fish won MLS Player of the Month in May.
Kenny Cooper was named team MVP though with 11 goals, an astounding 6 of them game-winners, and 4 assists in 31 games.
Ronnie O’Brien had 11 assists in 27 games.
Ramon Nunez 6 goals and 4 assists.
Richard Mulrooney 9 assists and took the MLS Comeback Player of the Year nod.
Shockingly Dallas with 0 PKs that year. That’s amazing.
2007 – Carlos Ruiz
The final year of the Fish, Ruiz had 7 goals and 2 assists in 22 games. Surprisingly 0 game-winners. 1 PK. He did score in the playoffs 2nd leg against Houston.
Juan Toja was arguably FCD’s best player that year with 6 goals, 3 of them game-winners, and 1 assist. He was named an MLS All-Star.
2008 – Kenny Cooper
2008 was Cooper’s big season with 18 goals in 30 games (3 assists, 4 game-winning goals, 4 PKs), equaling Jason Kreis’ 1999 season for the franchise single-season goal record. Cooper finished 2nd in the MLS Golden Boot race behind Landon Donovan (20 goals). Cooper was named an MLS All-Star, MLS Best XI, and MLS Comeback Player of the Year.
Andre Rocha was the main assist man that year with 8 assists (4 game-winners) and 3 goals.
2009 – Jeff Cunningham
The 3rd highest single-season goal total in franchise history: 17 goals. Coming in 28 games, 7 of them were game-winners and only 1 PK goal. Cunningham also added a remarkable 8 assists that season (if you watched him play that is remarkable). For his efforts, Cunningham took home the MLS Golden Boot (2nd in franchise history), MLS Best XI, MLS Player of the Month in September, and MLS Player of the Week 4 times.
It was an offensive explosion of a season…
David Ferreira: 8 goals, 7 assists.
Dave ven den Bergh: 3 goals, 11 assists. Kenny Cooper: 8 goals, 7 assists.
Dax McCarty: 3 goals, 6 assists.
2010 – Jeff Cunningham
The second of Cunningham’s two-season run as FCD’s leading scorer with 11 goals in 27 games. Only 1 assist though. 3 game-winning goals. 1 MLS Player of the Week nod.
David Ferreira wins the MLS MVP award with one of the best single-season performances in club history: 8 goals and 13 assists. 2 game-winning goals and 5 game-winning assists.
2011 – Brek Shea
Shea’s crowing season with 11 goals in 31 games, adding 4 assists. 4 assists is almost impressive given how bad the strikers were this year. Shea is named an MLS All-Star and MLS Best XI. 5 game-winning goals and 2 game-winning assists, leading FCD in both categories.
It was a bad year for FCD strikers. Milton Rodriguez and Ruben Luna each scored 1 goal. In desperation, FCD traded for Maicon Santos who netted 2 goals in 11 games after moving to Dallas.
2012 – Blas Perez
With 9 goals in 20 games, it’s the first of 3 straight seasons for Perez leading FCD in goals (with 4 assists). Strangely, none of his goals are game-winners though.
Fabian Castillo has his “break out” season and finishes 2nd with 6 goals and 3 assists, 2 of the goals and 2 of the assists are game-winners.
The Brazilian Jackson with a solid 4 goals and 7 assists.
David Ferreira 9 assists. Brek Shea, perhaps distracted by potential transfers, with only 3 goals and 2 assists.
2013 – Blaz Perez
The first of two back-to-back 11 goal seasons by Perez (1 game-winner), but only 3 assists, all coming in 25 games.
Kenny Cooper, at the end of his run with FC Dallas, finishes 2nd with 6 goals. David Ferreira: 3 goals, 9 assists. Michel: 3 goals, 8 assists.
2014 – Blas Perez
11 goals (for the 2nd straight season) and 6 assists in 29 games for the Panamanian striker. 3 game-winning goals and 2 penalty kicks. This was his best season in MLS. Perez earned an MLS Player of the Week in week 27 for his 2 goal performance against Vancouver Whitecaps.
Castillo a close statistical second with 10 goals and 4 assists in 27 games as a mid/winger.
Tesho Akindele with 7 goals and 3 assists is named MLS Rookie of the Year.
2015 – Fabian Castillo
9 goals and 9 assists in 30 games for the Colombian winger/midfielder. An fantastic season for Castillo, who was named an MLS All-Star and MLS Best XI.
The team’s two strikers, David Texeria and Blas Perez had 6 goals and 5 goals respectively, so you can see why they went after a striker and took Urruti in the ’15 MLS Re-Entry Draft (postseason).
2016 – Maxi Urruti & Michael Barrios
Both players tie with 9 goals each. Urruti did it in 30 games, which would technically make him the winner, Barrios did it in 32 games albeit more as a winger/midfielder. Urruti has 4 assists, Barrios 2.
Mauro Diaz with 5 goals and 13 assists (7 game-winners) is named an MLS All-Star and MLS Best XI.
2017 – Maxi Urruti
12 goals and 5 assists in 32 games, on paper a great season and his best in MLS, but unfortunately for FC Dallas none of his goals came after the San Lorenzo offer for him was turned down. Urruti’s late-season drought was part of the biggest collapse in MLS history. 3 of Urruti’s goals were game-winners and one goal was a PK. He did add 5 assists for a well-rounded line.
In 2nd place, Roland Lamah, seemingly scoring goals in multi-goal only, with 11 goals.
Michael Barrios with an MVP level assist season with 14 (and 3 goals).
2018 – Maxi Urruti
Urruti tops the goal list for the 3rd straight season but with only 8 goals but he does add 11 assists. The excellent season isn’t enough and he’s traded to Montreal Impact after the season at least partially due to his exciting contract.
Roland Lamah puts up strong numbers with 8 goals and 8 assists but is left unprotected in the expansion draft and is selected by FC Cincinnati.
Michael Barrios (6g/6a) and Santiago Mosquera (6g,5a) also have solid seasons.
2019 – Jesus Ferreira
With 8 goals at just 18 years of age, Jesus Ferreira is the youngest Golden Boot winner in franchise history. He also adds 6 assists, which is 2nd in the club assist table.
Zdenek Ondrasek scores 7 goals in the final 8 games of the year to vault up to 2nd in one of the most remarkable host streaks in Dallas history. Dom Badji and Ryan Hollinsgead come in with 6 goals each.
Michael Barrios ties the single-season assist record held by Jason Kreis with 15 assists.
2020 – Franco Jara
Franco Jara leads FC Dallas in goals with 7, which isn’t a surprising number considering he joined mid-year and it was a truncated season. (Jara played in 19 of the 22 games.) What’s surprising is that FCD has twice before had a leading scorer with just 7 goals in full seasons.
Ryan Hollingshead (left back) and Santiago Mosquera (left wing) finish 2nd with 4 goals. 3 of Santi’s 4 came in one game.
Michael Barrios was the assist king again with 5. Bryan Reynolds – Reggie Cannon’s replacement at right back – came in 2nd with 3 assists.
2021 – Ricardo Pepi
The 18-year-old Ricardo Pepi had his national coming-out party with 13 goals and 3 assists. He also broke into the USMNT. His 13-goal total is the most since Jeff Cunningham’s 17 in 2009.
Jáder Obrian’s 9 goals would have been the most goals since Maxi Urruti’s 12 in 2017.
Jesus Ferreira also enjoyed an excellent season with 8 goals and 9 assists, the latter led FCD. Both those numbers are career highs.
Franco Jara, mostly playing as a sub, equaled his 2020 total of 7 goals.