Expected Goals: Upcoming Milestones for Matchday 4

Major League Soccer

March 16, 2023 – Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

Not Just Expansion History, But MLS History in St. Louis’ Sights

St. Louis CITY SC has proven once again that they are not your usual expansion side, as three straight consecutive comeback wins has them sitting atop the Supporters’ Shield standings early in 2023. With a win at home versus the San Jose Earthquakes this week, St. Louis would become the first expansion club in MLS history to win each of their first four games.

Not only is St. Louis aiming for expansion club history, but they also have their sights set on MLS history. Only four teams in league annals (excluding the shootout era) have won their first four games to start a season. Additionally, all four of the teams that started the season with four straight wins went on to make the postseason that year.

LAFC Aiming to Make Championship Pedigree Look Easy

If anyone believed that LAFC might have a championship hangover, the Western Conference side has proven them wrong, scoring seven goals en route to a 2-0-0 start. Dénis Bouanga has started the season hot with two goals and two assists in the regular season, while also adding a hat trick in the first leg of their Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 tie.

The club goes on the road for the first time in MLS play, traveling to a resurgent Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday afternoon (4 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass / FOX). With a win against Seattle, LAFC would become just the fifth defending champion to start the season 3-0-0. Excluding the shootout era, the only other team to do so was the 2011 Colorado Rapids.

Nashville’s Defense Looking for Four in a Row

With seven points from their first three games, Nashville SC’s start to the season has gone under the radar in 2023. Their strong beginning has been a direct result of a stout defense as the club has yet to allow a goal across three matches. By shutting out the New England Revolution this weekend, Nashville would join the 2012 Vancouver Whitecaps and 2007 New York Red Bulls as the only clubs to record four consecutive clean sheets to start a season.

Joe Willis: Shot-Stopper Extraordinaire

Nashville SC goalkeeper Joe Willis has been at the center of the club’s defensive effort and would become the only player in MLS history to blank four consecutive opponents to start the season, as Vancouver and New York played multiple goalkeepers in their respective record-setting seasons. With his clean sheet on Matchday 1 against New York City FC, Willis…

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