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Mark Baena
Player - Class of 2003
Portland Timbers 2001, San Diego Flash 2000, Seattle Sounders 1998-99, California Jaguars 1997-98, Sacramento Scorpions 1996
Baena ranks as the all-time leader in A-League scoring with 193 points and 86 goals over his five-year career in the A-League. He is 27 points and 16 goals ahead of second-ranked Steven Patterson, who played four seasons with Colorado and Orange County from 1997-2000. He registered five goals and four assists in his rookie season, playing six games with the Sacramento Scorpions of the Select League (Third Division). The following year in his A-League debut with the California Jaguars, he scored 20 goals and four assists, finishing second in goals and points to Rochester's Doug Miller. He was named to the All-League, First Team for the first of three times. In his second A-League season, Baena won the Scoring (53 points) and Goal Scoring (24) Championships en route to being honored as the 1998 A-League Most Valuable Player. He began the season with California, playing eight games and scoring four goals before joining the Seattle Sounders. He repeated as the Goal Scoring Champion in 1999, sharing the crown with Vancouver's Niall Thompson with 20 goals. Thompson edged Baena for the Scoring Championship with one additional assist. Baena moved back to California to play for the San Diego Flash in 2000, where he tallied nine goals and three assists in 16 games. In 2001, he returned to the top 10 in scoring with 13 goals and three assists with the Portland Timbers, finishing tied for seventh in points and fifth in goals. Baena had two goals and two assists in nine career postseason games.
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