The San Jose Earthquakes are currently in a 21 game scoring streak, here at MLS Multiplex we looked at all the previous scoring streak in the league to show you how impressive this run has been.
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San Jose and goals always seem to go together thanks to a guy name Chris Wondolowski. You may have heard of him before, the American striker who is just determinate to enter the MLS history books. And who seems to have something in common with good wines, as he also gets better with age.
At 33, Wondo is currently leading the MLS top scorer table with seven goals, all scored in different games, a key factor for San Jose’s streak. In fact, the Quakes number eight has scored in 13 of those 21 matches and he is the main reason why this streak is still alive.
How good is this streak anyway?
Well, let me start by thanking Rick Lawes, Editorial Consultant for the MLS for letting me know that D.C. United went through the entire 1998 season without being shutout (32 games), and went 52 games from 1997-99 without being shutout. However, despite knowing that this was the best mark in the MLS, and insane 52 games scoring in a row, we wanted to know more about other streaks so we literally end up looking at every team in the league and every game to determinate the table below with all the highest streaks by every MLS team ever.
We added San Jose’s current streak as a reference, apart from the Quakes this only includes the best streak by each team. For example, D.C. United second best streak is actually 27 games and FC Dallas second best streak is 20 games. Together with San Jose these are the only MLS teams who have had two streaks of 20 or more games scoring at least one goal. Below the 10 best streaks in the MLS. As a curious note Miami Fusion disappeared from the league finishing their last season in a nine game scoring streak.
So as we can see the Quakes are just four games away from tying their best mark and only six games away for entering the podium of best scoring streaks in MLS history, quite impressive. Even more impressive considering todays quality of the league, the fact that you have to face 19 teams and that the schedule is a lot busier with a lot more travels.
This is why below, we show another table with the top five streaks since 2011, the year that the league expanded to 18 teams, making the competition fairly similar to what it is now. We don’t want to underestimate D.C United streak of 52 games but we just feel that this would never happen in today’s MLS football dealing with the busy schedules nowadays.
In this table we have an even better understanding of how good this San Jose Earthquakes scoring streak has been, only surpass by last year Supporters Shields champions, who managed all 23 games in one season and the 2014 MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy who scored in 25 straight games in their way to the championship. As the old saying goes, you can’t win if you don’t score.
However, San Jose will have a tough challenge keeping their streak alive in order to reach those numbers facing Philadelphia Union and Seattle Sounders on the road in their next two games. Particularly the Union have conceded only one goal at home so far.
Do you think San Jose will keep their streak alive this weekend at Philadelphia? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.