I know for a lot of the staff and players of RSL the record book means a lot less than where those records take us, Jason has said before that if the team does its job on the pitch then those things will take care of themselves. Of course I am talking a lot more than RSL's current MLS record 23 match home unbeaten streak, RSL has already set a number of team based records, and in form to set some new MLS records as well.
Here are the team records that RSL has already set this year (some of these could change as the season progresses):
Wins - 13
Points - 47
Goal Differential +22
Goals Against - 16
Shutouts - 13
Home Points - 33
Home Wins -10
Road Goal Differential -even
Here are some team records that they could set this year:
Goals - 38 - the record is 45 in 2006 which was a 32 match season
Home Goals - 28 - the record is 34 in 2009
Home Goal Differential - +22 - the record is +23 in 2009
Road Points - 14 - the record is 15 in 2006
Road Wins - 3 - the record is 4 in 2006
A look at some MLS records after the jump:
MLS records are tough, in part due to the various lengths of seasons, the changes in league structure and other changes but RSL finds itself on form to make runs at 6 MLS records:
Fewest goals allowed - 16 - the record is 23 by Houston in 2007
Overall goal differential - +22 - the record is +22 by San Jose in 2007 and DC United in 2007
Home goal differential - +22 - the record is +23 by RSL in 2009
Fewest Home losses - 0 - the record is 0 by San Jose in 2005
Fewest Home goals allowed - 5 - the record is 8 by Colorado in 2004
Fewest Road goals allowed -10 - the record is 12 by DC United in 2007
Of course with each home result, RSL will establish a new high water mark for home unbeaten streak. There is also the possibility that on Saturday that RSL could move from the 4th longest streak of not allowing a goal in MLS history into the 3rd spot (currently held by RSL with 567 minutes earlier this year). Right now it has been 532 minutes since RSL has given up a goal, the record is 727 minutes (set by Houston in 2007).
A win would also push RSL up to 50 points and would pull them even with the LA Galaxy for the top of both the Western Conference and the Supporters' Shield race, it would be the latest in the season that RSL has been in that position as well.
So for RSL there is a lot of history that can be made as the season progresses and we can cement some of that history with a solid effort against the Rapids.
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