2016 was a year of firsts.
Along the way there were many other milestones that were reached or broken, the most notable of which were accomplished by Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
The 37-year-old passed Kevin Hartman in all-time MLS wins on August 6 when he helped RSL defeat the Chicago Fire. That win put him at 181 career wins, one more than Hartman. He would end the season 183. That wasn't the only record of Hartman's he broke. He also surpassed Hartman in games played and minutes played, as Rimando is now No. 1 in MLS history in both of those categories. The last record of Hartman's he should break is saves, with Rimando sitting at 1,454, 20 behind Hartman.
Notable milestones in 2016
- Colorado Rapids concede just seven goals at home, tying the record for the fewest ever
- Kyle Beckerman became first outfield player to play in 400 MLS games
- Before retiring, Brad Davis became No. 2 all-time in games played among outfield players
- Beckerman passed Steve Ralston for most minutes played among outfield players
- Sacha Kljestan became first player since 2000 to register 20 assists
- Bradley Wright-Phillips' 68 goals over three years shatters previous record
- Chris Wondolowski passed Ante Razov to become No. 4 all-time in goals
- Jozy Altidore became first player to score in 5 straight playoff games in single season
- New York Red Bulls go unbeaten for 16 straight, tied for the 4th-longest streak in MLS history