The Worst MLS Teams (single season & multiple)
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Every time I post something about players or teams doing good or bad, I feel obligated to post the flip side of it as well. We all know who the worst single season MLS teams were, but you may not know exactly how the worst teams over multiple seasons stack up. Especially since way more attention is given to dynasties rather than KC Royals-like ineptitude.
I've figured out the worst MLS teams over 2, 3, 4, and 5 year periods. Shootouts are counted as draws, hence the APPG stat (the "A" stands for adjusted). Also, any ties are broken by goal differential. Scroll down for the top ten in every category, but now a quick look at the worst teams in each:
Worst MLS Teams
The 2001 Mutiny. Much like the 1998 Galaxy, they set a new standard. They allowed 2.52 goals per game, or 0.36 worse than the second worst. I've said it before, but they were the only team to give Devin Barclay regular playing time. I just like to bring that up. In his defense, he actually scored the last goal in the club's history.
Trading away Garlick/Kotschau/Valderrama for A.Brown/Vermillion/draft pick midway through the year didn't do much; they actually played worse after that. But, they can take some pride in beating the future champion Earthquakes for their last ever win.
Starters: Adin Brown, Eric Denton, John Maessner, Steve Trittschuh, Joseph Addo, Josh Keller, Eric Quill, Steve Ralston, Jair, Devin Barclay, Mamadou Diallo
Subs: Matt Nyman, Craig Demmin, Scott Cannon, Chad McCarty, Danny Pena, Gus Kartes, Ali Curtis
Worst Single Season MLS Teams
Now that's parity. No team appears more than once on this list, which is pretty remarkable when you think about how certain teams sucked for years.
Some of these teams had a decent first month, but they all turned bad quickly. At 3-3-2, RSL was still at .500 after 8 games, the best of the ten.
2001 DC United lost out to NE on goal differential for 10th.
Worst MLS Teams Over 2 Seasons
TB had a good year in 2000 before they imploded, so everybody's favorite laughing stock takes over the top spot. As I've mentioned many times, the year after expansion (1999) saw little change in the standings. 4 teams from 1998-9 make this list, while 3 made the corresponding list on the best teams post.
Chivas and RSL were so bad that they need to have good years to avoid being number one. Actually, they just need to be about right at the .500 mark. Chivas needs 42 points and RSL needs 40.
Dallas makes the list over 2000-1 Colorado based on GD.
Worst MLS Teams Over 3 Seasons
DC has the record for best preformance over 3 seasons, and almost for worst over the same length of time. Not even really that close here, either.
New England was absolutely awful for the first half of their existance.
EDIT: I somehow forgot to put the Metros on this list, and I had DC at number one. It's fixed now.
Worst MLS Teams Over 4 Seasons
The good old Metros. Sucks having your first four seasons place first here. The Revs too. Funny how those teams are both struggling with attendance now...
Worst MLS Teams Over 5 Seasons
But it is the Revs, not the Metros, who come out on top here. They practically dominate this list.
Five years is a long time in the short history of MLS, so there are actually 2 teams on this list here who won a championship.
As a final note, Chicago, Columbus, and Los Angeles did not appear on any of these lists.