Race to the Supporters' Shield: Whitecaps jump into first, FC Dallas on the rise and more

Race to the Supporters' Shield: Whitecaps jump into first, FC Dallas on the rise and more

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Race to the Supporters' Shield: Whitecaps jump into first, FC Dallas on the rise and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

While the Vancouver Whitecaps started Week 28 off with a big win, one battle in Ohio shook up the race last weekend, setting up a mad dash to the 2015 Supporters’ Shield.

FC Dallas went into MAPFRE Stadium Sunday and dominated the Columbus Crew, 3-0, increasing its chances at lifting the Shield trophy by season’s end. The dominant performance helped solidify FC Dallas’ position in the running, putting them just two points behind the second place LA Galaxy and four behind the Whitecaps.

Meanwhile, Week 28 started Wednesday, and both matches had Shield implications.

The Vancouver Whitecaps earned an important 2-0 win against the Colorado Rapids, while Sporting KC went on the road to Providence Park and forced a 0-0 draw with a disgruntled Portland Timbers side as well.

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

MLS SUPPORTERS’ SHIELD STANDINGS

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KEY WEEK 28 MATCH-UPS

WEDNESDAY

Vancouver 2, Colorado 0.

Portland 0, Sporting KC 0.

FRIDAY

New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago.

SATURDAY

LA Galaxy vs. Montreal.

FC Dallas vs. NYCFC.

REMAINING SCHEDULES

Vancouver Whitecaps logo

vs. Colorado Rapids (9/9), vs. Seattle Sounders (9/19), vs. New York City FC (9/26), at San Jose Earthquakes (10/3), vs. FC Dallas (10/7), at FC Dallas (10/14), vs. Houston Dynamo (10/25)

LA Galaxy Logo

vs. Montreal (9/12), at Real Salt Lake (9/19), vs. FC Dallas (9/26), at Seattle (10/4), vs . Portland (10/18), at Sporting Kansas City (10/25).

FC Dallas

vs. New York City FC (9/12), at Sporting KC (9/18), at LA Galaxy (9/26), 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)

D.C. United Logo

at Colorado Rapids (9/12), vs. Columbus Crew SC (9/19), At Montreal Impact (9/26), vs. New York City FC (10/2), vs. Chicago Fire (10/18), at Columbus Crew SC (10/25)

New York Red Bulls Logo

vs. Chicago Fire (9/11), at New England Revolution (9/16), at Portland Timbers (9/20), vs. Orlando City SC (9/25), 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)

Seattle Sounders FC Logo

at San Jose Earthquakes (9/12), at Vancouver Whitecaps (9/19), at Sporting KC (9/27), vs. LA Galaxy (10/4), at Houston Dynamo (10/18), vs. Real Salt Lake (10/25)

Sporting Kansas City Logo

at Orlando City SC (9/13), vs. FC Dallas (9/18), at Houston Dynamo (9/23), vs. FC Dallas (9/27),  at Portland Timbers (10/3), at San Jose Earthquakes (10/16), vs. Colorado Rapids (10/21), vs. LA Galaxy (10/25)

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at Philadelphia Union (9/12), at D.C. United (9/19), vs. Portland Timbers (9/26), at New York Red Bulls (10/3), at Toronto FC (10/17), vs. D.C. United (10/25)

Portland Timbers crest

vs. Sporting KC (9/9), vs. New York Red Bulls (9/20), at Columbus Crew SC (9/26), vs. Sporting KC (10/3), at Real Salt Lake (10/14), at LA Galaxy (10/18), vs. Colorado Rapids (10/25)

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