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June 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Looking at the first seven-game MLS winless streak in franchise history

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgLoss. Tie. Loss. Tie. Loss. Tie. Loss.

That’s a look at Sounders FC’s last seven MLS games, the longest winless streak in franchise history — capped by a 2-1 loss Sunday to age-old rival Portland, no less.

How bad has it been?

Well, it has brought the team’s best-ever start (7-1-1) back to the pack. With a 7-5-4 record, the Sounders have 25 points through 16 games, equaling the production of a 6-3-7 start in 2009.

And those ’09 Sounders won their 17th game, so this year’s team will have to win Saturday in New England to keep pace with the squad from Year 1.

A trend in the seven-game winless streak hasn’t been hard to spot. Seattle has allowed the first goal in each game and hasn’t been able to capture the comeback spirit of last season, when the team had a 7-7-3 in games after conceding first.

The early-game struggles have been baffling for those watching and those involved, and whether the Sounders can come out of the tailspin remains to be seen.

Here’s a look at the worst seven-game stretches within a season in team history:

3 points — May 12 to June 24, 2012 (0-4-3)

4 points — May 22 to July 11, 2010 (1-5-1)

5 points — April 22 to May 29, 2010 (1-4-2)

6 points — May 9 to June 20, 2012 (1-3-3)

6 points — May 15, to July 4, 2010 (2-5-0)

6 points — May 8 to June 27, 2010 (2-5-0)

6 points — April 3 to May 8, 2010 (1-3-3)

6 points — July 25 to August 29, 2009 (1-3-3)

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NOTES

— The Sounders never had worse than nine points in any seven-game stretch in 2011.

— The Sounders best seven-game stretch was earning 17 points in a 5-0-2 run in 2010. They have had 14 different stretches earning 16 points in sevens (including the fist five of this season).

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