October 14, 2007

The second piece of hardware has been decided

The Supporters' Shield, which began as an idea among fans on an email list in 1996, has become a very important trophy in MLS circles. Its winner represents MLS in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, a strong sign that its importance is growing.

DC United won the trophy for a second straight season after Chivas USA lost to Colorado on Sunday afternoon. DC is the first team in the history of the league to win the Shield in back-to-back seasons, and 2007 makes the 4th time overall that United has taken the Shield home.

With that jinx broken, now comes time to see if United can win MLS Cup. The last team to do the Shield/Cup double was Kansas City in 2000.

Let's recap:

US Open Cup: New England Revolution
Supporters' Shield: DC United
MLS Cup: TBD, November 18

The win on Sunday for the Rapids also keeps the playoff race quite interesting between KC, NY, Colorado, and LA. Let the fun begin on Thursday night with NY visiting the Gals at the Home Depot Center.

2 comments:

El G├╝ero said...

Am I missing something?

I thought the first tiebreaker for the Supporters Shield was goal differential.

If that's the case, then it's technically not over.

Longshoe said...

It's over, the first tiebreaker is head-to-head. DC beat the Goats and drew with them.

Sorry Goats...