As the Union prepare to take on Chivas USA Saturday night, here are some streaks and stats to keep in mind.
In four previous meetings with Chivas USA, the Union have never lost, posting a 2-0-2 record. The Goats are just one of two teams who have never taken three points from Philadelphia (New England being the other, excluding the expansion Montreal Impact). In looking to extend that streak, the Union will face a tall task, taking on a resurgent Chivas side led by goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
The Union will also be looking to snap a less than desirable run. In their six previous regular season matches in the state of California, the Union are winless, posting an 0-3-3 record when travelling to take on either Chivas USA, the San Jose Earthquakes or the LA Galaxy. A victory Saturday evening would end the Golden State drought, while any other result will mean the Union will have to wait until July 4 to get another shot on California soil, when they take on the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.
A win would also give the Union their first winning streak of 2012 and just the third in franchise history. Despite several stretches of unbeaten play in 2011 (including an eight-match stretch late in the season), the Union were only able to put together back-to-back wins on two occasions: in March (at Houston, vs. Vancouver) and at the end of May (vs. Chicago, at Toronto).
Defensively, a new record is within reach. With their shutout streak currently at 242 minutes, the Union could eclipse the current club record of 293 minutes without conceding a goal, set across four matches last September.
A couple of players in the back will be looking to extend personal streaks as well. Goalkeeper Zac MacMath and defender Carlos Valdes are the only members of the Union to have played all 450 minutes of the season thus far, a run they'll likely continue at the Home Depot Center. Last year, Sebastien Le Toux was the lone Union player to play every minute of league play.
Valdes is aiming to play 90 minutes for the 17th straight match, having played all 1,440 minutes since September 3 of last yeat. 41 matches into his Union career, the Colombian center back has gone the distance in all but two of those games.