Playoff Streaks: April 20, 2006
Now that the NBA and NHL regular seasons are over, we can look again at how MLS teams stack up when looking at the USA's longest playoff streaks. This list is limited to the top 4 leagues, plus MLS and the WNBA.
I last looked at this in December, and the only team that dropped off from the top ten was the St. Louis Blues, whose 25 year streak finally ended in emphatic fashion. The Indianapolis Colts have the longest streak in the NFL, at only 4 years.
The Galaxy have only five teams ahead of them. Who knows, with a majority of MLS teams making the playoffs every year, they could put together their own 25 year streak.
The Earthquakes will fall off after this year, obviously. The next two MLS teams are the Colorado Rapids and the New England Revolution, both with 4 year streaks.
Of course, making the playoffs isn't always an indication of a good team, thanks to every league other than MLB/NFL allowing a ton of teams to make the playoffs. So here's another, possibly more prestigious list of years in a row over .500:
Over .500 Streaks
Here's where the baseball teams get their dues. The 1994 strike season is counted here, although it wasn't in the playoff streak list above. The Braves and Red Wings switch places here.
MLS' top team is the Kansas City Wizards, with only 3 seasons in a row over .500. The WNBA leader is the Seattle Storm with 4.
Under .500 Streaks
Since there are a lot of baseball teams on the over .500 list, it's only fitting that MLB teams dominate this list as well. The Pirates should continue their streak, although the Tigers look like they'll break theirs. The Milwaukee Brewers finished exactly at .500 last year, or they would be tied with Pittsburgh at 13 years.
Only three MLS teams had a losing record last year (plus 2 teams at .500), and two were expansion teams. RSL and Chivas USA were incredibly bad, so the only other team to have a losing record was the Columbus Crew, who had the league's best record in 2004. So no MLS team has a losing streak longer than 1 year.
The WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars lead that league with a 3 year streak.