Background: Well, Ante Razov is my final member of my MLS Hall of Fame inaugural class. How could he not be? He has played for five different MLS sides, and during his long career he has notched more goals than all but one other player. All in all, he has been one of the league’s most consistent strikers, so I think he belongs in the Hall.
Career: After a lackluster stint with LA to start his MLS career, Razov ended up with the Fire for a few seasons before plying his trade in Spain for one season. He then came back to the Fire for a few more years, before having short stints with CMB and NY. Since 2006, he has been a leader for the Goats, and he remains one of the last original MLSers.
Honors: Razov holds or is competing to hold many MLS records. He is 2nd in goals, 1st in shots and shots on goal, and first in game winning goals. If you took PKs out of the equation, he would be the league’s all-time leading scorer. Moreover, he also has the most multi-goal games (22), but Landon Donovan could break that one sometime soon.
Legacy: Razov’s legend is still not finished being written, though injuries have recently hampered his performances. His superstar skills have taken him all over the globe, but he has had his greatest success in MLS. I would want Ante’s right boot for the HOF. After all, more shots have rocketed off that boot than any other shoe in league history.
I hope you all have enjoyed my series on my inaugural MLS Hall of Fame inductees. As time goes on, I may add to the list, so please let me know in the comments who you think I unfairly omitted (I know, I left many greats off this list, so forgive me). Until then, please keep coming back to MLS for the best news, analysis and commentary on the interwebs.