Monday, April 05, 2010

MLS: Most Consecutive GF/GA to Start the Season

DC United's goal differential stands at -6 to start the season, with zero goals scored. They next face a tough environment against a Philadelphia Union squad hosting their first ever home game. Sure, they're an expansion team, but DC is probably still the underdog. If United fails to find the net again, they could be edging towards an unenviable record: Toronto's 10 straight goals allowed to start a season without reply.

I'm sure everyone remembers the record breaking scoreless streak in the middle of TFC's 2007 expansion season, where they were shut out for 9 consecutive games (until Miguel Canizales scored, remember him? He's now playing in the German 4th division). That was only part of that horrific season which ended up having the worst offense in league history (0.83 per game). They also started the season with four scoreless matches, until Danny Dichio's goal in the 24th minute against the Fire.

It would be hard to match that level of futility. However, this record is only four goals away. Can Curt Onalfo's DC set a new mark? It seems unlikely with three home matches following the Philadephia trip, but failing under those circumstances would only make the record that much more memorable. The second worst team in this category is the 1999 KC Wizards, with 9 straight goals against.

On the other side, there are still four teams yet to allow a goal. Who has the mark for the most goals scored without conceding to start a season? The answer is a couple of teams from the recent past. The 2007 New York Red Bulls and 2009 Seattle Sounders both started off by scoring 7 unanswered goals. I believe the only other team to have as many as 5 goals is the 1999 Dallas Burn.

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Comments on "MLS: Most Consecutive GF/GA to Start the Season"


Anonymous jamesey said ... (9:23 AM, April 12, 2010) : 

LA is now +5. If they get 2 against Salt Lake this week, they'll tie the record.


Blogger scaryice said ... (2:30 AM, April 13, 2010) : 

Yes, but don't forget KC as well. Same situation.


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