Climbing the Ladder: Hometown cooking, Parke's long goal wait
Not stuck in Parke
Jeff Parke was the hero for Seattle last Saturday, heading home in
stoppage time to condemn Sporting Kansas City to yet another defeat.
By now it’s been reported countless times that the centerback hadn’t
put the ball in the net since June 12, 2004, nearly seven years ago.
That’s a total of 151 scoreless regular-season games since his last
But that’s not a record. A former Chicago Fire defender can boast (or
not) a longer streak. Charles James Brown, better known as C.J., scored
his second MLS goal on June 24, 1998. He went on to score his third and
final one on September 9, 2006, eight years and 201 games later. Brown
did, however, score once each in the MLS Cup Playoffs and the Open Cup
during that time.
Home Streak Home
Brown, now an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake, was surely excited
to see his team get a draw at Pizza Hut Park this past Sunday. In their
eight previous regular-season away games against Dallas, they lost each
one, and were outscored 18-5. While they may have gained a first-ever
point, they did extend their winless run in Frisco to nine games.
Dallas aren’t the only MLS team to dominate another at home. Five teams
have current home unbeaten streaks of at least nine games against
* Note: The San Jose franchise did not play in 2006 or 2007.
At 13 games, NE-NY is tied for the longest ever with another Dallas
home streak. FCD didn’t lose at home to the Colorado Rapids from
2002-08, at least in the regular season. The MLS Cup Playoffs are
another story, as former coach Colin Clarke might remember.
Meanwhile, the Revolution’s home domination of New York jumps to 16 games if three playoff games (2-0-1) are included.
Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps meet on Wednesday at BMO Field
for the second leg of the 2011 Nutrilite Canadian Championship final.
For Toronto FC, this represents more than an opportunity to win the cup
and qualify for the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League. TFC have played
eight straight games in the competition without defeat, starting with
the dramatic 6-1 victory in Montreal to clinch the 2009 edition.
If they make it nine, they will become the first MLS team to have an
undefeated streak that long in any domestic cup competition.
Three American MLS teams have had eight-game streaks in the US Open
Cup, including the Seattle Sounders at the moment, who’ve won it in both
years of their existence. That doesn’t include the two qualifying games
they played in 2009, but it does include a draw against Portland last
year where they advanced on the shootout. They’ll have a chance later
this year to extend their run.
The other two eight-game streaks were by Chicago (2000-01) and LA
(2001-02), who both fell short in their efforts to repeat as Open Cup
Ordering a cosmopolitan in Vancouver
A milestone occurred in British Columbia last month. On April 16,
Vancouver battled Chivas USA to a scoreless result at Empire Field. It’s
not a match that will go down as an all time classic, but Vancouver’s
lineup that night was something special:
Jay Nolly, Jonathan Leathers, Michael Boxall, Alain Rochat, Blake
Wagner, Wes Knight (Omar Salgado 83), Jeb Brovsky, Kevin Harmse, Davide
Chiumiento (Nizar Khalfan 68), Eric Hassli (Long Tan 80), Camilo.
Notice anything? After the substitutions of Nizar Khalfan and Long Tan,
for the last 10 minutes Vancouver’s 11 men on the field represented all
six FIFA confederations. There’s Camilo from Brazil, Tan from China,
Boxall from New Zealand, Rochat from Switzerland, Khalfan from Tanzania,
and the rest from North America.
No other MLS team has done it. There’s only been a small number of MLS
players imported from Asia and Oceania, so those are the harder ones to
cross off the list. If the LA Galaxy hadn’t traded New Zealand’s Simon
Elliott before the 2004 season, then they might’ve accomplished this
first. That year’s team had the other five confederations covered.