Anatomy of a "Home Run"

RSL's record 23-game home unbeaten streak, by the numbers

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)