Longest Streaks In MLS History - Overall, Home, Away
|These lists only take into account regular season matches. In addition, all shootouts (1996-9) are considered draws.|
Most Games Unbeaten - OVERALL
Greg Andrulis' much maligned playoff failure in 2004 is what's best remembered, but the Crew won the Supporters Shield that year thanks to a long, hard fought unbeaten run. They certainly didn't play great for the majority of it, but they did enough to not lose, as evidenced by the number of draws during the streak. I guess as the record holders they could be considered the "Arsenal of MLS" like my old post title said. Truly a massive team.
San Jose will be in position to break this record next year upon their return, but the odds aren't good with the roster they're likely to field. The other big current streak is the Houston Dynamo, who have gone 11 games without a loss (8-0-3). When they take the field Saturday at Real Salt Lake, they can break into the top ten streaks.
Most Games Winless - OVERALL
The 1999 Metrostars are commonly referred to as the worst team in MLS history, although they actually are only the fourth worst (or tied for third if you don't use goal differential). Still, it was a season to forget. All this while being coached by legend Bora Milutinovic.
It's amazing how prevalent RSL is on this chart after only 2.5 seasons. RSL + futility = BFFs. One thing that Salt Lake fans can take comfort in, however, is the fact that the Colorado Rapids are currently suffering through a 9 game winless streak, or one away from making this list. When they play at Dallas on Saturday, they can make the top ten all time worst.
Most Games Unbeaten - HOME GAMES ONLY
The Earthquakes were amazing at home from 2001-2005, and like the overall streak they'll have a chance to continue this one next year. The difference is that they already have the record here, fueled by the first ever unbeaten season at home in 2005.
This list is funny because several teams here aren't what you would call great: SJ 1999-2000, COL 2003-4, and LA 2004-5.
Currently, Chivas USA has a 10 game home unbeaten streak. Last loss was against DC on September 3rd of last year. Is that surprising? The overall streaks of Houston and Colorado are easy to pick up on, but something like this over two seasons and just at home can kind of sneak up on you.
Most Games Winless - HOME GAMES ONLY
This list and the next one are where you see just how important home field advantage in MLS has been. Again we see the 1999 Metros' incompetence here. Several of the top streaks are more recent, though.
I don't believe any team has as many as 5 in a row currently.
Most Games Unbeaten - AWAY GAMES ONLY
The 2004 Crew hold this record as well, despite only getting two wins (remember the Buddle free kick vs the Fire?). Last year, Jeff Cunningham's 96th minute penalty (his second of the match) for RSL defeated DC United and stopped them from a piece of this record.
Currently, San Jose is also riding a 6 game streak going into next year, while the Dynamo could set the record this year; they're sitting at 5 games.
Most Games Winless - AWAY GAMES ONLY
1999 Metros strike again, but KC was pretty bad back then as well. At least they got a good head coach out of their poor play (Bob Gansler). LA's streak is notable as well; it started when they had to go on the road for the first two months of 2003 before the Home Depot Center opened.
RSL is back on this list after nearing the record last season. It's sad, yet amusing. All time away record: 40 games played, 4-28-8, 37 goals for and 84 against, GD of -47.