Three defeats in a row may seem cataclysmic to Seattle fans but they club is actually in reasonable company.
12 of the 19 sides in MLS endured the run in 2012, the last full season. Among them were eventual MLS Cup Winners Los Angeles Galaxy who actually managed to lose three times in eight days.
On May 19th, they lost 1-0 at the StubHub to Chivas and as if that wasn’t embarrassment California-style enough, San Jose came there four days later and beat them 3-2, in a match where Hector Jimenez was red carded after scoring.
In addition, his studs up tackle on Steve Beitashour saw him suspended an extra game and fined. Ironically, the MLS Discplinary Committee also suspended Osvaldo Alonso that week for his tackle on Columbus Crew’s Cole Grossman
A mere three days after that San Jose defeat, they lost 2-1 to eventual Cup Final opponents Houston 2-1 in Texas. As if that wasn’t crisis enough, just three days after that, they were unceremoniously dumped out of the Open Cup by the Carolina RailHawks 2-1.
It was a full nineteen days after the cup exit that they finally won another game, beating Portland 1-0 and ending a run of 56 days without a win of any sort.
Not that this was a blip. Only a draw with the expansion side Montreal Impact, prevented three straight league losses being an amazing and unheralded six. That came one week before the Chivas loss and followed on from a 0-1 loss at home to New York and a 2-0 defeat in Seattle.
Their month of May consisted of a sole point from 18 games, and that against the expansion side, plus elimination from the Open Cup by a second division club. They ended up winning the thing.
Among the other sides who went pointless for three games that year were Columbus, FC Dallas, Sporting Kansas, New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake. Sporting Kansas made it all the way to the Eastern Conference semi final. Between April 21 and May 12, 2012, they lost to a struggling Portland, Montreal and Chicago, scoring just once.
So far this season, Sounders join just seven other clubs with three game losing streaks. These include two sides who have recovered from them to be strong play-off contenders, Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids.
Chicago went both pointless and goalless between April 27 and May 18, losing to the Philadelphia Union twice. Colorado managed the old three losses in eight days trick, losing first at home to San Jose before two road losses in Chicago and Portland.
Hope therefore springs eternal for Seattle but as you can see in the table below, the four game losing streak table is restricted to ChivasUSA, DC United and Toronto this season.
MLS THREE GAME LOSING STREAKS 2013
TEAM # START STOP
Chicago Fire 3 04/27/2013 05/18/2013
Chivas USA 7 05/05/2013 06/23/2013
Chivas USA 3 09/21/2013 Who knows?
Colorado Rapids 3 06/15/2013 06/23/2013
Columbus Crew 3 06/22/2013 07/04/2013
Columbus Crew 3 07/20/2013 08/03/2013
FC Dallas 3 09/14/2013 09/29/2013
D.C. United 7 03/23/2013 05/11/2013
D.C. United 3 09/21/2013 10/04/2013
Toronto FC 5 04/27/2013 05/25/2013
MLS THREE GAME LOSING STREAKS 2012
Chivas USA 3 04/21/2012 05/04/2012
Chivas USA 7 09/02/2012 10/03/2012
Colorado Rapids 3 04/07/2012 04/21/2012
Colorado Rapids 6 07/04/2012 07/28/2012
FC Dallas 3 05/06/2012 05/12/2012
FC Dallas 3 05/23/2012 06/16/2012
Sporting Kansas City 3 04/21/2012 05/12/2012
LA Galaxy 3 05/19/2012 05/26/2012
Montreal Impact 3 03/24/2012 04/04/2012
Montreal Impact 3 06/27/2012 07/04/2012
New England Revolution 3 04/05/2012 04/28/2012
New England Revolution 5 07/29/2012 08/25/2012
Philadelphia Union 3 03/12/2012 03/24/2012
Philadelphia Union 3 04/28/2012 05/13/2012
Philadelphia Union 3 10/20/2012 10/05/2013
Portland Timbers 4 03/24/2012 04/14/2012
Portland Timbers 5 07/07/2012 07/28/2012
Real Salt Lake 3 06/20/2012 06/30/2012
Real Salt Lake 3 08/04/2012 08/18/2012
Toronto FC 9 03/17/2012 05/19/2012
Toronto FC 3 09/22/2012 10/06/2012
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5 08/15/2012 09/15/2012