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Race to the Supporters’ Shield: Galaxy jump into lead while contenders fall behind

MLS: FC Dallas at LA Galaxy

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Week 30 in MLS had many of the Supporters’ Shield contenders post below-average results, but the reigning MLS Cup champions took the biggest step toward attaining the regular season prize.

The LA Galaxy had been on a slump heading into Sunday’s affair against FC Dallas, but they erased those concerns immediately, scoring two goals in the first 15 minutes before eventually winning 3-2 at home.

Meanwhile, the Portland Timbers were the only other contender to win over the weekend, but it will need more of the same if it wants to claim the Shield by the end of the year. The New York Red Bulls, 48 points, and FC Dallas, 47 points, each have five games remaining, two more than the Galaxy, who have 50 points thus far.

Week 31 has plenty in store for the race to the Supporters’ Shield, and depending on how games play out, a trio of teams could be eliminated from contention — including the Timbers, Sporting KC and D.C. United.

Here are the current MLS Supporters’ Shield standings, and the upcoming matches that will have the biggest impact on that race:





D.C. United vs. New York City FC


New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew

Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Portland Timbers vs. Sporting KC


FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo

Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy


LA Galaxy Logo

at Seattle (10/4), vs . Portland (10/18), at Sporting Kansas City (10/25).

Vancouver Whitecaps logo

at San Jose Earthquakes (10/3), vs. FC Dallas (10/7), at FC Dallas (10/14), vs. Houston Dynamo (10/25)

New York Red Bulls Logo

vs. Columbus Crew SC (10/3), vs. Montreal Impact (10/7), at Toronto FC (10/14), vs. Philadelphia Union (10/18), at Chicago Fire (10/25)

FC Dallas

vs. Houston Dynamo (10/4), at Vancouver Whitecaps (10/7), vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (10/14) at Real Salt Lake (10/17), vs. San Jose Earthquakes (10/25)

New England Revolution

at Chicago Fire (10/3), vs. Montreal Impact (10/17), at New York City FC (10/25)


at New York Red Bulls (10/3), at Toronto FC (10/17), vs. D.C. United (10/25)

Seattle Sounders FC Logo

vs. LA Galaxy (10/4), at Houston Dynamo (10/18), vs. Real Salt Lake (10/25)

D.C. United Logo

vs. New York City FC (10/2), vs. Chicago Fire (10/18), at Columbus Crew SC (10/25)

Sporting Kansas City Logo

at Portland Timbers (10/3), at San Jose Earthquakes (10/16), vs. Colorado Rapids (10/21), vs. LA Galaxy (10/25)

Portland Timbers crest

vs. Sporting KC (10/3), at Real Salt Lake (10/14), at LA Galaxy (10/18), vs. Colorado Rapids (10/25)


Who do you see winning the Supporters’ Shield? What match are you most looking forward to this week?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Biased opinion, I guess, but I still think RBNY take it. 1 or 2 games in hand on most of the other teams and finishing the season against Philly and Chicago SHOULD be 6 points in the bag…and we all know what happened last time RBNY finished a season against Chicago while in the thick of a Supporters Shield race. #NYisRED


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