Dallas May Hold Key In Supporter’s Shield Race

Dallas May Hold Key In Supporter’s Shield Race

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 7, 2010
  • 2010 Playoff Push, 2010 Supporter's Shield

Schellas Hyndman's squad holds the key in the Supporter's Shield race. (Rick Yeatts)

We’re getting down to the wire here. Seven games left for most teams in the league and the Supporter’s Shield race is turning into one of the more exciting ones that we’ve seen in recent memories in Major League Soccer. Five clubs are in contention for the regular season crown and two of the clubs involved have a few extra games left to play for in other competitions.

But one team may hold the key in all of this. With one game-in-hand against the rest FC Dallas coule be the team that sneaks in and wins it when its all said and done. Currently FC Dallas is on a remarkable 13-game unbeaten run and could possible go down with the fewest losses in a season. Schellas Hyndman’s squad currently sits at 10-2-10 with 40 points on the year, the number of points usually meant to be the playoff magic number in recent years.

One could say the key still sits with the LA Galaxy who have had a fairly firm grip on the regular season crown all season. Their recent troubles have caused a bit of a concern for how they will fair over the final two months of the season even though they do have six of seven at the Home Depot Center to close out the season (one of those games is a “road” game with Chivas USA).

Looking at the current standings this morning I still come back to Dallas for the key in all of this because of that extra game they have in hand on everyone else.

Los Angeles 23 13 5 5 44
Columbus 23 13 5 5 44
Real Salt Lake 23 12 4 7 43
FC Dallas 22 10 2 10 40
New York 23 11 8 4 37

The hot run for Dallas right now comes down to a few things. Their defense has greatly improved this season and their offense remains consistent enough to get results when needed. Seeing the amount of draws that they have is a concern but teams aren’t able to put them away at their own venues much less at Pizza Hut Park. Only New York and LA have been able to get results on Dallas and one could even say that New York win back in April should have been another draw for the boys in stripes. The LA game was easily the team’s worst performance of the year and some how that was the last time the club saw a defeat.

Now the fact that they aren’t in the US Open Cup anymore and they didn’t have SuperLiga or the CONCACAF Champions League to worry about helped them out in a big way. Columbus and RSL still have plenty of extra games left and while New York is there in the running you have to wonder if the schedule will be kind enough to them to get the results that they need to move ahead of everyone else here.

Its exciting to see that the league play has plenty of meaning left in it even in September. In years past we didn’t really start to care about things until around this time. Games are mattering more and teams are taking note of it. You see that in how these five play too. All of them go for three points each time out.

One thing is certain, they all want the Supporter’s Shield.

Who do you think will end up winning the Shield this season? Can LA regain their lead on it this week against Columbus? Or will someone like Dallas, RSL or New York come in and get it?