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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
KEY WEEK 28 MATCH-UPS
Vancouver 2, Colorado 0.
Portland 0, Sporting KC 0.
New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago.
LA Galaxy vs. Montreal.
FC Dallas vs. NYCFC.
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)
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).
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Who do you see winning the Supporters’ Shield? What match are you most looking forward to this week?
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