The Washington Diplomats today take their four-game losing streak to New Haven for a game with the Connecticut Bicentennials. Game time at Yale Bowl is 5:45.
Connecticut has the worst record in the North American Soccer League, 6-18, and the worst attendance record (average 4,530).
The Diplomats, 9-15, have the third-worst record in the league. And with only The Cosmos left on their schedule after tonight, this will probably be their only real hope of hitting double figures in the win column.
In losing their last four contests, Washington has surrendered 18 goals - including eight to The Cosmos - a rather remarkable figure considering that in their first 20 games, the Dips gave up only 20 goals.
The defense, backbone of the team earlier, has looked tired and sloppy, and even goalkeeper Eric Martin, normally reliable, has been unsteady at times.
"When you're playing a team still in contention for the playoffs and you're not in contention, it's hard to play as hard as they do, no matter how hard you try," coach Alan Spavin admitted after Saturday's 3-0 wipeout by Vancouver. "It's been a long season for the lads."
Undoubtedly it has been equally long for Connecticut. Playing in front of 66,000 empty seats in 70,000 seat Yale Bowl would be depressing enough, even without their terrible record.
Not surpsingly, the Bicentennials' leading scorer, Fred Pereira - 23 points on nine goals and five assists - has only had to suffer with the club for the half the season. Only one other Connecticut player, Jerry Pike, with 10 pounts, is in double figures in scoring.