i wouldn't say we "positioned ourselves to win the supporters shield". in fact,
by playing our B team against colorado and dropping 2 points at home 2 weeks
ago, we basically lost it. we've got 2 tough road matches at NY and
CO(though CO just lost at home to DC) as well as a tough dallas home match. with
as poorly as we've played the last few games we'll be lucky to pick up more than
4 points in our last 3 games. the galaxy has a 2 point lead on us
and seems to be rediscovering its form. LA might tie dallas but is unlikely to
drop points vs philly or CO.
I know that RSL would love to have the supporters shield just because they want
to show all the doubters from last year that their cup wasn't a fluke. They have
the toughest road to get there out of the other teams competing for the
shield.The Dallas and Colorado vs. LA and RSL are going to decide it. I
personally think that LA loses both of those games. The question is can we get
enough points out of them to pass LA?I agree with astroboy that having
tension and excitement over winning the supporters shield is much better than
hoping we get a playoff spot.The articles I have read lately have made the
team sound like they are a pretty confident bunch right now. In the words of
your grandfather "don't get a big head!"
RSL is in a great spot, but could easily walk away with zero hardware. I say
that only to illustrate that in my opinion, zero trophies can not take away what
this team has accomplished in such a dramatic turnaround in such a short period
of time. The emotions of them barely making the playoffs last year
are still fresh. Competing for trophies like this is much more enjoyable :)
It's been a great season. It will be difficult to take the top spot. The other
issue is who RSL will fact in the first round.
What RSL has done so far this season has been simply remarkable. An unmatched
level of success in the history of MLS, when all things (travel, etc) have been
considered.Now they need to cement the legacy by adding more
silverware to the cupboard! Personally, I don't think anyone will mind missing
out on the Supporter's Shield if we win the MLS Cup again. But how amazing
would both be?Thank you, thank you, Jason Kreis, Garth Lagerway,
Dave Checketts, and all the rest of the RSL organization. How do
you like your daily meal of crow, haters??