Chivas USA have three more games this season, and of course it has been a tough season. The losing, the poor performances, the turmoil behind the scenes - it hasn't been easy to follow this team lately. Although there aren't many accomplishments that the Goats can achieve in 2012, there is a record they can avoid. An anti-achievement, if you will.
Chivas are currently tied with D.C. United's 2010 team for fewest goals scored in a season with 21. If they fail to score in the final three matches, at least they won't hold the dubious record outright. But really, who wants to share such an awful record?
To add insult to injury, Chivas have a lower goals per game ratio than that D.C. United squad. There were only 30 games in 2010, so D.C. scored 0.7 goals per match. In contrast, with 31 games played so far, Chivas currently have a 0.677 goals per match rate. If Chivas remain scoreless through the final three games, their rate would be 0.618 goals per match. All pretty terrible, I'm sure you'll agree.
You may ask yourself, what's the difference if Chivas score again this season? So they may not match the record for scoring futility, but they might be a goal or two better - how is that better?
That's a fair point, and the fact that there are four more games this season than there were two years ago could end up being the saving grace for a team that doesn't really need to go out for any more games than they are required to play. But this team is beat up on such a regular basis as it is, so having nearly the worst goals tally is miles better than breaking the record of futility. People fixate on the record, look back on it many years later. People tend to ignore nearly records. This has been a hard year, no doubt, but there's no reason for fans and neutrals to remember this season over and over again until the next awful team comes along to challenge the record.
Yes, this call to get at least one more goal is a bit like grasping at straws. But history is on the line, and I really don't want Chivas to be on the wrong side of it.
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