Chivas USA flirting with historic lows in goals


The Twitter monster roared with laughter this morning as this little factoid made the rounds:

MLS leading scorer Chris Wondolowski now has exactly as many goals as Chivas USA this year, 21. I believe broadcaster Jonathan Yardley was the first to begin circulating that painfully revealing little doozey, but I could be wrong.

Either way, poor little Goats. My heavens, things have gone into a complete death spiral for Robin Fraser’s team.

They haven’t won since July and don’t have a victory over a team that will make this year’s MLS playoffs since May. Even though Fraser’s men gave a good account in Wednesday’s narrow 1-0 loss at Columbus, the spirited performance will be lost in the ongoing cascade of horrendous numbers.

(MORE: Highlights from Chivas USA’s 1-0 loss Wednesday)

The worst may be this: Chivas has been outscored 26-9 over its last set of 10.

But getting back to the Goats’ 1-against-11 battle with Wondolowski: We’ll continue to watch, but it could be close.

If you’re wondering about historic lows for this team with such puny goal totals, the Goats are probably OK there.

Chivas has seven games remaining, and even at the current, painfully slow clip, they’ll score enough to avoid any “worst evers” in MLS. They could very well finish in the Top 10 (er … “Bottom” Ten?) in terms of all-time worst total over a season, but they are fairly safe from being the worst.

Chivas can thank the 2010 D.C. United bunch for that.

The 2010 version of the Black and Red hit just 21 goals over the entire season of 30 matches. That’s the MLS record low in goals scored and average goals per game (0.70).