Golden Boot

Who will win? 2023 MLS Golden Boot presented by Audi tracker


The 2023 MLS Golden Boot presented by Audi chase is well underway; the winner will be known on Decision Day (Oct. 21).

A quick reminder: After goals, assists is the main tiebreaker.

  • Stats: 15g, 9a
  • Next game: Sept. 23 at SJ
  • Remaining games: 6

Mukhtar has been remarkably consistent in his four Nashville seasons with 58g/36a across 107 regular-season contests. That includes 23g/11a a year ago, which nabbed him both the 2022 MLS Golden Boot presented by Audi and the Landon Donovan MLS MVP award.

  • Stats: 14g, 11a
  • Next game: Sept. 23 vs. CLT
  • Remaining games: 5

It's been a career year for Luciano Acosta, who is one of the driving forces behind FC Cincinnati's Supporters' Shield push. The two-time reigning MLS Player of the Month presented by CELSIUS is showing no signs of a let-up down the stretch.

  • Stats: 14g, 6a
  • Next game: Sept. 23 at PHI
  • Remaining games: 5

Bounaga has fully settled with LAFC, building off last year's midsummer arrival that helped fuel MLS Cup and Supporters' Shield titles. The Gabon international has 27 goals in 37 games across all competitions this season, spanning MLS play, Leagues Cup and Concacaf Champions Cup.

  • Stats: 14g, 2a
  • Next game: Sept. 23 vs. MTL
  • Remaining games: 4

The Greek international striker is used to winning Golden Boot awards; he's done it in Scotland with Celtic and with VVV-Venlo in the Dutch Eredivisie. Giakoumakis, who arrived in Atlanta last winter as a Designated Player, is the spearhead of an attack that also features Thiago Almada.

  • Stats: 13g, 11a
  • Next game: Sept. 23 at DAL
  • Remaining games: 5

Cucho Hernández, with two hat tricks in his last three games, has surged into the Golden Boot conversation. The Columbus Crew's club-record signing is the centerpiece of their rise under head coach Wilfried Nancy.

  • Stats: 13g, 10a
  • Next game: Sept. 23 vs. LAFC
  • Remaining games: 6

Gazdag is proving last season's 22g/10a output, second only to Mukhtar, wasn't a fluke. The Hungarian international and penalty-kick specialist has registered his second straight season of double-figure goals and assists for Philadelphia.

  • Stats: 13g, 3a
  • Next game: Sept. 23 vs. HOU
  • Remaining games: 4

Pulido is showing what Sporting Kansas City brass knew when he became the club's record signing in December 2019: when healthy the Mexican international is among the continent's most lethal scorers. After several injury-plagued seasons, Pulido is enjoying his most fruitful year in MLS (and recently got a new long-term contract).

  • Stats: 12g, 10a
  • Next game: Sept. 23 vs. NSH
  • Remaining games: 4

The Argentine winger is enjoying his best season in MLS since signing with San Jose out of LaLiga side Villarreal in 2019. Espinoza, who is also in the Landon Donovan MLS MVP award conversation, earned a 2023 MLS All-Star nod.

  • Stats: 12g, 5a
  • Next game: Sept. 23 vs. LAFC
  • Remaining games: 6

A year removed from a breakout 14g/9a campaign in Carranza's first season with the Philadelphia Union, the Argentine forward is generating Europe-centric transfer rumors.

  • Stats: 12g, 4a
  • Next game: Sept. 24 vs. MIA
  • Remaining games: 5

Orlando City are challenging for the Eastern Conference's top spot. Torres, a Uruguay international and club-record signing, is nearing last year's goal contribution figure (19).

On the bubble
  • Jesús Ferreira, DAL - 12g/3a
  • Brian White, VAN - 11g/4a
  • Ryan Gauld, VAN - 10g/9a