Thursday, July 06, 2006

First wins



With Tuesday's draw against the Columbus Crew, the Houston Dynamo now have faced every other team in MLS. However, they've only managed to defeat 4 of their 11 rivals. Chivas USA has 4 more teams to beat, while Real Salt Lake has 5 more to go.

Chivas: DC-HOU-KC-NY
Houston: CHI-CHV-CLB-DC-KC-NE-NY
Real: CLB-DC-HOU-NE-NY

In the first meetings between RSL and their opponents, Real only defeated the opponent at the first time of asking once. That's a mark of 1-11, the worst in the league's history. It's no surprise that the Los Angeles Galaxy are first at 10-4.


Percentage of opponents beaten in first meeting

1 Los Angeles 10 4 .714
2 Chicago 9 5 .643
3 Kansas City 8 6 .571
4 Dallas 7 7 .500
4
D.C. United 7 7 .500
6 San Jose 6 7 .462
7 Tampa Bay 5 6 .455
8 Columbus 6 8 .429
9 Houston 4 7 .364
10 New York 5 9 .357
11 New England 4 10 .286
12 Colorado 3 11 .214
13 Miami 2 9 .182
14 Chivas USA 2 10 .167
15 Real Salt Lake 1 11 .083


Of the teams not beaten by CHV/HOU/RSL, the one with the longest streak so far is CHV-NY, which will go on to at least next year (this is all regular season stuff only). Chivas have yet to beat the Red Bulls in four meetings. They have a long way to go until they set a record, though. In four seasons, the Tampa Bay Mutiny never defeated the Chicago Fire. That's a total of 12 matches.


Games until first win vs opponent

1 TB-CHI 12+
2 CLB-COL 10
3 COL-DC 8
3 MIA-CHI 8
3 NE-CLB 8
6 KC-TB 7
6 MIA-SJ 7
8 CHV-DAL 6
8 CHV-LA 6
8 DC-KC 6
8 MIA-TB 6
8 NY-TB 6
8 SJ-DAL 6


Tampa Bay-Chicago meetings

1 4/4/1998 A 0-2 L
2 5/16/1998 H 1-2 L
3 5/8/1999 H 1-1 D
4 9/17/1999 A 1-1 D
5 4/28/2000 A 1-5 L
6 7/15/2000 A 0-0 D
7 8/2/2000 H 0-1 L
8 8/26/2000 H 3-3 D
9 4/28/2001 H 0-1 L
10 5/5/2001 A 0-2 L
11 7/7/2001 H 2-3 L
12 8/11/2001 A 1-3 L

Game 3 was a shootout win, and game 4 a shootout loss.

Comments on "First wins"

 

Anonymous Andy Mead said ... (5:26 AM, July 08, 2006) : 

A shootout win is still a win.

Thems was the rules. A regular season shootout win is not historically counted as a tie.

 

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