Phoenix Rising extends winning streak to record 17 games in single season

The Phoenix Rising won its 17th straight game in the USL Championship when it beat the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, 3-0, on the road.

Solomon Asante scored his USL-leading 20th goal and Adam Jahn added his 14th goal on the season after Spaniard Jose Aguinaga put the Rising ahead in the fifth minute.

The Rising's winning streak is the modern U.S. men's pro soccer record for a single season.

In 1990-91, the APSL's Maryland Bays reportedly won 18 straight games -- 17 games against league competition -- before falling to the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, 3-1. It was the second of two games the Bays played in 24 hours in Colorado and California.

The streak included one shootout win in 1991. Records of the 1990 season are scarce though the streak likely included a shootout win over the Blackhawks in the final. An 18th win in the streak was against Colombian club Millonarios.

The Bays folded after the 1991 season after efforts to raise $400,000 in funding to stay afloat came up short. The APSL was left with only five teams as new U.S. Soccer professional standards left teams scrambling to meet them. In 1990, the American Soccer League and Western Soccer League had 22 teams.

U.S. Soccer was trying to meet a FIFA deadline to launch a Division I outdoor pro league by 1992. It wasn't until 1996 that MLS was launched.
1 comment about "Phoenix Rising extends winning streak to record 17 games in single season".
  1. Bob Ashpole, September 1, 2019 at 10:59 a.m.

    My kids are Rising fans. I have been hearing about the winning streak for a month now. Pretty amazing.

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