By the numbers: The Union's winless streak
|Yeah, Andre Blake and Jack Elliott, there's been a lot of that lately |
for the Union. (Times File)
On the off chance that that occurs (and that’s the last bit of snark for this post), the Union would banish their winless streak that has covered the last 14 meaningful games. So without qualifiers or the mudslinging that seems to popular online, let’s lay out what exactly this streak of futility has entailed.
- The Union have lost 14 games in all competitions – the last seven of the 2016 regular season, the playoff game to Toronto and six straight to open 2017. In that stretch, they are 0-10-4. That’s a return of four points out of a possible 42 points or 0.29 points per game.
- Exclude the playoff game, and the Union have endured 13 straight regular-season games sans victory. Should that stretch to 14 (and 15 overall) with anything but three points against Montreal, they enter ignominious company in MLS history (from the league’s Facts and Record Book):
Should the Union fail to win Saturday vs. Montreal, it would be 14 straight regular season games w/o a W, tied for 9th most in MLS history pic.twitter.com/OiQrvUD9TW— Matthew De George (@sportsdoctormd) April 19, 2017
- The Union have allowed 28 goals, a tidy average of two per contest. They’ve scored just 11 goals.
- On the concession side, the Union have kept just one clean sheet. More worrying, they’ve allowed multiple goals in 11 outings. Yet they haven’t allowed more than three goals in a game, that one breakdown that skews the numbers, indicating a steady stream of goals each week.
- Home field has been no refuge. The Union are 0-4-2 in home games, having allowed 12 goals (again, right at two per game) and scored just four. A loss or tie this weekend ties the franchise record for the longest home winless streak at seven, set from March 15-July 12, 2014. That run involved five draws at least, though it spanned the firing of John Hackworth.
- One player has been on the field for every winless minute: Fabinho. Next up is Keegan Rosenberry (who, you’ll recall, came off in the 84th minute of the playoff game). Five players have played in all 14 games: Fabinho, Rosenberry, CJ Sapong, Fabian Herbers and Richie Marquez. Chris Pontius missed one game, as did Alejandro Bedoya and Andre Blake, the latter two for international duty.
- The leading scorer in this stretch is Sapong with his three goals this year. Herbers has a goal and three assists. Pontius has two and two.
- A note on Jim Curtin: The embattled coach has been in charge for 93 MLS games (plus the playoff contest). He’s got a record of 28-41-24. That’s 108 points, a PPG of 1.16. Note that he was just three games under .500 before the metastasis of this slump with a PPG of 1.32. Including the Open Cup, Curtin has been in charge for 106 games, toting a record of 35-42-29. (Recall penalty-kick games count officially as draws.)