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The record for professional team sports’ longest winning streak could be broken tonight (this one may surprise you)

Nov 23, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

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So today’s trivia question is, which professional team has the longest winning streak in sports history? Answer below … and it’s a tie between two teams which could be broken tonight.

We know that the LA Lakers hold basketball’s mark, at 33 straight wins in the 1971-72 season. Baseball? New York Giants, 26 straight in 1916.* The NFL? The New England Patriots won 21 straight over two seasons in 2003 and ’04.

In hockey, the Norfolk Admirals (American Hockey League) saw their 32-game win streak end last month (in the NHL, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 17-game streak in 1993). But even that’s way short of the mark in soccer.

The San Diego Sockers of the Professional Arena Soccer League will be going for the all-time pro sports record for consecutive team victories tonight when they take on the visiting Toros de Mexico at the Valley View Casino Center. The Sockers have won 40 straight games, placing them in a tie with the Sioux Falls Storm of United Indoor Football (won from 2005-2008). Associated Press:

“It’s huge for this team and our franchise,” said midfielder Brian Farber, who leads the PASL with 16 points, with seven goals and nine assists, in three games. “We haven’t lost since I’ve been here and we don’t intend to lose anytime soon. We’re going to come home in front of our fans on Friday and try to break the record. We want to keep this winning streak alive for a long time.”

The Sockers haven’t lost since Dec. 27, 2010, 9-8 in overtime to the California Cougars. The Sockers blew a 4-0 lead in the first quarter that game. The winning streak began two days later with a 7-5 victory against the San Diego Fusion.

Former Sockers great Juli Veee will deliver the ceremonial first kick prior to Friday’s opening kickoff. The 62-year-old Veee was part of seven Sockers championships with the indoor team from 1980 to 1988. Veee was the first soccer player inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions and was part of the inaugural class of the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame.

* = This included a tie. MLB did not recognize ties in 1916, but if this still bothers you, then the 1935 Chicago Cubs would hold the record with 21 straight wins.