Roy Lassiter was the first winner of this award in 1996 when he played in Tampa. Prior to 2005 MLS used a point system that awarded two points for a goal and one point for an assist to give the MLS Scoring Champion Award. After 2005 the changed to the golden boot we all know and love today! Comment: Should they have kept this in the league?
Danny Cepero is the first MLS goalkeeper to score a goal. His goal also came on the same day he made his Red Bulls debut. This goal would eventually help the Red Bulls secure the last playoff spot in 2008 and reach the 2008 MLS Cup.