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.