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Anatomy of a "Home Run"

REAL SALT LAKE v CHICAGO FIRE – Sat., Sept. 18 @ RIO TINTO STADIUM

 RSL EXTENDS MLS RECORD TO 23 CONSECUTIVE GAMES UNDEFEATED AT HOME

 

BREAKING DOWN THE STREAK: Since last losing on May 16, 2009 against Kansas City on a pair of Josh Wolff goals, here’s the 23-game unbeaten streak for RSL, by the numbers:

1,002 – number of minutes games have been tied during the 1,980-minute total

899 – total number of minutes RSL has held the lead since the streak began on June 6, 2009

380 current shutout streak at Rio Tinto Stadium entering Saturday’s potential record-breaking game

167 – minutes that RSL has trailed at Rio Tinto Stadium since May

48 – number of RSL goals over the 22 games, for a 2.09 goals-per-game average

22 – number of undefeated games for Columbus Crew at home from June 28, 2008 - Oct. 3, 2009 (Seattle, 0-1) 

17 – times that RSL has scored first during the streak

13 – number of RSL players to score at home

13 – RSL shutouts by GK Nick Rimando

11 – opposing players to each score once during streak

10 – crowds of 18,000+ or more at Rio Tinto Stadium

9 – goals by FW Robbie Findley, tops among scorers, tied with:

9 – goals by FW Álvaro Saborío, all coming in 2010

7 – total of 2nd half comebacks for RSL to salvage tie or win

6 – wins at home during the streak following road losses

5 – largest margin of victory (see below)

4 – number of 3-0 wins, the most common result (also the number of one-goal wins, including 4 1-0 wins)

3 – come-from-behind ties

2 – scoreless draws


DATE             OPPONENT               RESULT ATT       SCORERS:                                                                        

06/06/2009    Colorado Rapids      T 1-1    19,546   RSL: Movsisyan (79); COL: Cummings (88)

06/27/2009    Toronto FC           W 3-0    18,188   RSL: Movsisyan (21) Beckerman (44) Mathis (78)

07/03/2009    San Jose Earthquakes T 1-1    17,478   RSL: own goal (90); SJ: Alvarez (63)

07/24/2009    FC Dallas            W 4-2    18,822   RSL: Movsisyan (55,90) Findley (62) own goal (88);                                                                      DAL: Cunningham (13) van den Bergh (21)

08/08/2009    Seattle Sounders     W 1-0    14,193   RSL: Findley (62)

08/15/2009    Houston Dynamo       T 0-0    16,972     

08/26/2009    Chivas USA           W 4-0    14,747   RSL: Campos (43) Espindola (75) Findley (85,89)

09/12/2009    Chicago Fire         T 1-1    17,615   RSL: Olave (72); CHI: Rolfe (43)

10/14/2009    New York Red Bulls   W 2-0    16,247   RSL: Williams (80) Espindola (90)

10/24/2009    Colorado Rapids      W 3-0    18,675   RSL: Findley (15,33) Movsisyan (85)

 

04/10/2010    Seattle Sounders     T 2-2    19,970   RSL: Johnson (53) Saborio (90); SEA: Zakuani (11) Marshall (72)

05/01/2010    Toronto FC           W 2-1    12,659   RSL: Olave (14) Williams (42); TOR: De Rosario (88)

05/08/2010    Philadelphia Union   W 3-0    14,224   RSL: Beckerman (27) Olave (51) Saborio (70)

05/13/2010    Houston Dynamo       W 3-1    12,945   RSL: Findley (3) Saborio (24,60); HOU: Mullan (72)

05/29/2010    Kansas City Wizards  W 4-1    15,588   RSL: Espindola (31) Saborio (34) Russell (84), Grabavoy (90);

                                                     KC: Wolff (42)

06/09/2010    Los Angeles Galaxy   W 1-0    19,513   RSL: Morales (80)

06/25/2010    San Jose Earthquakes T 0-0    16,216  

07/02/2010    NE Revolution        W 5-0    19,101   RSL: Espindola (27) Olave (45) Saborio (52,57), Findley (85)

07/24/2010    Chivas USA           T 1-1    19,469   RSL: Grabavoy (66); CHV: Padilla (70)

07/31/2010    D.C. United          W 3-0    17,719   RSL: Saborio (13) Findley (79) Gonzalez (90)

08/14/2010    Columbus Crew        W 2-0    16,906   RSL: Morales (11,60)

09/04/2010    New York Red Bulls   W 1-0    19,115   RSL: Espindola (4)

 

09/18/2010    Chicago Fire         W 1-0    14,449   RSL: Saborio (45)

09/25/2010    Colorado Rapids

10/16/2010    FC Dallas

 

Biggest Win (margin): 7/2/10 v NE – 5-0 – four different RSL players scored in second consecutive rout of New England, as Espindola, Olave, Saborio (2x) and Findley each found the back of the net in support of clean sheet

Biggest Win (meaning): 10/24/09 v COL – RSL wins 3-0 on final day of season to force postseason tiebreakers and eliminate Colorado from playoffs for 3rd consecutive season;

Biggest Crowd: 4/10/10 v SEA – 19,970 were on hand as newcomer Álvaro Saborío headed home a Nelson Gonzalez corner kick three minutes into 2nd half stoppage time to salvage a 2-2 draw in RSL’s 2010 home opener, a match that included a pre-game banner raising and ring ceremony to commemorate the teams’ MLS Cup 2009 win;

Cutting it close: 7/3/09 v SJ – stoppage time OG by Earthquakes’ Chris Leitch gives RSL a 1-1 tie;

Best Comeback: 7/24/09 v DAL – 4 second-half goals erase 0-2 halftime deficit; Rimando saves Cunningham PK, Kreis ejected;

Outscored opponents 48-11, with 13 different scorers: (Findley 9, Saborío 9, Movsisyan 5, Espindola 5, Olave 4, Morales 3, Beckerman 2, Williams 2, Grabavoy 2, Johnson, Russell, Campos, Gonzalez, Mathis; 2 own goals received);

Form Guide: the 16-0-7 mark since 6/6/09:

            2009: T W T W W T W T W W

            2010: T W W W W W T W T W W W W

Other Results: RSL’s home unbeaten streak extends to 29 games if you include one MLS Cup Playoff game (10/31/09; 1-0 W v Columbus Crew), two CONCACAF Champions League games (8/18/10; 2-1 W v Arabe Unido (PAN), 9/15/10; 4-1 W v Toronto FC (CAN)), and three international exhibition games (7/11/09; 1-0 W v Club America (MEX), 10/7/09; 1-1 T v Chivas de Guadalajara (MEX), and 6/19/10; 2-0 W v Puntarenas FC of Costa Rica)