The Trifecta

Union look for first three game win streak...in franchise history

MacMath save vs. NE

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Greg Carroccio

Don't look now, but the Philadelphia Union are on the verge of winning three games in a row for the very first time in franchise history.

Knock on wood.

John Hackworth's team might not be going to the playoffs, but they certainly aren't mailing it in down the stretch.

A win in Houston on Oct. 20 would cap off a stretch that currently includes a road win against second place Chicago and a home shutout against New England.

Keep in mind that the Union are 5-0-1 when given two weeks to prepare for an opponent. The October 20th game will be played following a 14 day break made possible by FIFA international competition.

Here's the full list of Philadelphia's back-to-back wins. The list includes league play, MLS playoffs, and the U.S. Open Cup. Friendlies do not figure into these statistics.

2010:

The Union did not win back-to-back games in the 2010 expansion year.

2011:

March 19 – Union 1, Houston 0 (Robertson Stadium)

March 26 – Union 1, Vancouver 0 (PPL Park)

Streak No. 2

May 21 – Union 2, Chicago 1 (PPL Park)

May 26 – Union 6, Toronto 2 (BMO Field)

It's interesting to note that Philadelphia's 2011 playoff team only won back-to-back games on two occasions. The best period of the year was a four-game unbeaten streak that went from late May into early June. The Union went 2-0-2 and took points from Colorado and Real Salt Lake for the first time ever.

2012:

April 14 – Union 1, Columbus 0 (PPL Park)

April 21 – Union 1, Chivas USA 0 (Home Depot Center)

Streak No. 2

May 29 – Union 3, Rochester 0 (PPL Park)

June 5 – Union 2, D.C. United 1 (Maryland SoccerPlex)

Streak No. 3

June 23 – Union 4, Sporting Kansas City 0 (PPL Park)

June 26 – Union 5, Harrisburg 2 (PPL Park)

Streak No. 4

July 4 – Union 2, Los Angeles 1 (Home Depot Center)

July 8 – Union 3, Toronto 0 (PPL Park)

Streak No. 5

Oct. 3 – Union 3 Chicago 1 (Toyota Park)

Oct. 6 – Union 1 New England 0 (PPL Park)

Five times in 2012, the Union have won back to back games. Philadelphia did win three consecutive league games in the month of July, but the July 11 Open Cup loss to Kansas City stifled what could have been a four game win streak.

The stretch of games from April into May also saw the Union defense play their best soccer of the entire season. Philadelphia's backline did not allow a single goal in a franchise record 407 minutes.

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