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September 8, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Eddie Johnson sets a franchise record for goals in a season

johnson chivas2.jpgPhoto credit: Jordan Stead, The Seattle Times

By now you’ve probably heard. If not, here’s a reminder.

In Seattle’s 2-1 win against Chivas USA on Saturday, Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson scored his 12th and 13th goals to set a franchise record for goals in a season. Here’s how the All-Star responded to the honor:

“(It’s about) winning games as a team, trying to get better as a team week in and week out. … Everything else is a bonus,” Johnson said. “That’s a bonus. I couldn’t ask for a better team to share that with. They’re the reason why I’m getting my goals. All the hard work we put in week in and week out, it’s paying off. It’s a humbling moment, but I couldn’t have asked for a better team to share it with.”

Johnson is now two goals shy of his career high of 15 goals, set in 2007 in Kansas City. The 28 year old’s 0.68 goals-per-90′ average is on pace for a career best and fourth in the league behind the San Jose duo of Alan Gordon (1.03) and Chris Wondolowski (0.72) and, by thousandths of a percentage point, Toronto FC’s Danny Koevermans (0.68).

Here’s a list of the top goal-scoring seasons in Sounders FC history:

Eddie Johnson, 2012 — 13 goals*

Fredy Montero, 2009 — 12 goals

Fredy Montero, 2011 — 12 goals

Fredy Montero, 2012 — 11 goals*

Fredy Montero, 2010 — 10 goals

Steve Zakuani, 2010 — 10 goals

Nate Jaqua, 2009 — 9 goals

Alvaro Fernandez, 2011 — 9 goals

* — active season

Fredy Montero was pretty gracious to see the honor go to a teammate. Here’s what he had to say about it after Saturday’s game.

“Well, it is always good when you have in your team somebody who can score goals,” Montero said. “In the past, I was the guy who had to score goals, but we didn’t make the final. Hopefully this year it’s going to take us together to take the Seattle Sounders to the final.”

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