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September 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Mauro Rosales matches team’s assists record: ‘I’m very proud to be part of the history.’

Mauro Rosales celebrates in a win over San Jose earlier this season. Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Mauro Rosales celebrates in a win over San Jose earlier this season. Credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Saturday marked a milestone we’ve known has been coming.

Mauro Rosales‘ assist in the 1-1 tie against the Los Angeles was his 34th with the Sounders in MLS games, matching Fredy Montero‘s franchise record.

“I’m proud of that; I’m really happy,” Rosales said this week. “It’s more also about the players who make that for me by scoring goals and making a good goals for the team. This is the success of the team: making goals, winning games. I’m very proud to be part of the history and very proud to be part of this team that is helping me get better and better every time. Obviously it’s a huge part of me just in three years getting the record.”

Added coach Sigi Schmid: “It’s great. It’s great for Mauro, obviously. He’s the guy who hits our corners and our set pieces, and he’s done a good job with that. Like I’ve always said on corners and set pieces — it’s all about service. He’s provided good service and he’s picked up assists. To get those assists in basically two and a half years is a good run for him.”

Rosales also owns the team’s assists record for a season, with 13 in 2011 and 2012. He’s got eight this season — five on game-winning goals, which is tied for the team lead.

Here is a look at Seattle’s career assists leaders (MLS games only):

Player Games Assists
Mauro Rosales 80 34
Fredy Montero 119 34
Brad Evans 108 19
Steve Zakuani 78 14
Freddie Ljungberg 37 12
Nate Jaqua 66 12
Osvaldo Alonso 134 12

Here is a look at who’s collected assists at the fastest rate in MLS history (minimum of 20):

Player Assists Per 90 min.
Carlos Valderrama 114 0.66
Marco Etcheverry 101 0.56
Mauro Rosales 34 0.54
Hristo Stoitchkov 20 0.52
Preki 112 0.51
Adrian Paz 34 0.50
Eric Wynalda 37 0.46

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