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March 16, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Most dangerous lead? Sounders fall to 0-29 in all competitions once trailing 2-0

Most soccer fans have heard the saying: 2-0 is the most dangerous lead.

Obviously the concept isn’t to be taken too literally, but the idea is the advantage is can seem deceptively dominant as the trailing team can score the next goal, gather momentum and take control of the game.

Whatever the interpretation, it certainly isn’t the case against Sounders FC.

After Saturday’s home loss to Toronto FC, Seattle fell to 0-21 in MLS regular-season games once trailing 2-0. The record drops to 0-26 when you include MLS playoff games and 0-29 when factoring in all competitions (just CONCACAF Champions League, really, since the team has never gone down multiple goals in the U.S. Open Cup).

Now this isn’t to say that coming back to win a game after trailing 2-0 is easy. It has only happened 11 times in MLS regular-season games since the Sounders joined the league (58 times in MLS history).

Still, having never managed at least a tie, including in eight such games at home, is interesting.

Here is a quick breakdown:

HOME — 0-6 in MLS regular season, 0-7 including playoffs, 0-8 all competitions
AWAY — 0-15 in MLS regular season, 0-19 including playoffs, 0-12 all competitions

Here is a game-by-game look:

Date Opponent Competition Location Final score
3/15/2014 Toronto FC Regular season Home L, 2-1
11/7/2013 Portland MLS playoffs Road L, 3-2
11/2/2013 Portland MLS playoffs Home L, 2-1
10/19/2013 FC Dallas Regular season Road L, 2-0
10/9/2013 Vancouver Regular season Home L, 4-1
10/5/2013 Colorado Regular season Road L, 5-1
8/17/2013 Houston Regular season Road L, 3-1
7/6/2013 Vancouver Regular season Road L, 2-0
6/22/2013 Real Salt Lake Regular season Road L, 2-0
5/26/2013 LA Galaxy Regular season Road L, 4-0
3/30/2013 Real Salt Lake Regular season Road L, 2-1
11/11/2012 LA Galaxy MLS playoffs Road L, 3-0
6/24/2012 Portland Regular season Road L, 2-1
6/16/2012 Montreal Regular season Road L, 4-1
5/23/2012 Columbus Regular season Home L, 2-0
3/14/2012 Santos Laguna (Mexico) CCL Road L, 6-1
10/29/2011 Real Salt Lake MLS playoffs Road L, 3-0
10/8/2011 Philadelphia Regular season Home L, 2-0
7/30/2011 Houston Regular season Road L, 3-1
5/4/2011 D.C. United Regular season Road L, 2-1
11/7/2010 LA Galaxy MLS playoffs Road L, 2-1
9/14/2010 Saprissa (Costa Rica) CCL Road L, 2-0
8/25/2010 Monterrey (Mexico) CCL Home L, 2-0
7/4/2010 LA Galaxy Regular season Road L, 3-1
6/10/2010 D.C. United Regular season Home L, 3-2
5/8/2010 LA Galaxy Regular season Home L, 4-0
4/25/2010 Toronto FC Regular season Road L, 2-0
8/2/2009 San Jose Regular season Road L, 4-0
4/18/2009 Chivas USA Regular season Road L, 2-0

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