If you missed it, and I see several of you did not, Chicago defeated Chivas USA 1-0 on an own goal by Eduardo Lillingston of CUSA. Tough loss for Chivas, Chicago is in as No. 2 in the East.
Did you see Blanco get a beer bottle thrown at him? At his home park! I know there were Chivas supporters in that corner though, and not necessarily Chivas USA. These were likely Chivas de Guadalajara fans who hate Blanco from his Club America days.
Chicago’s win really makes the MLS West a toss-up. All four teams can win it. Sounders FC can only take care of its business and win and see what happens with the other teams.
So Columbus clinches its second straight Supporters Shield. Read this from the league:
The Columbus Crew clinched their second consecutive Supporters’ Shield on Thursday night by virtue of Chivas USA’s loss to the Chicago Fire. The Crew have a record of 13-6-10 with 49 points and cannot be surpassed by any clubs. The Supporters’ Shield, initiated by fan groups, is an awarded annually to the supporters of the team with the best regular-season record in MLS.
Chivas USA entered Week 32, the final week of the regular season, with a record of 13-9-6 and 45 points and were the only team that could have caught Columbus. Chicago clinched its postseason berth with a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA, which is still in contention the top seed in the Western Conference and hosts Houston Dynamo on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET in the season finale for both teams.
The Crew have clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference and are guaranteed home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Crew have one regular season game remaining this Sunday versus the New England Revolution at 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes).
Columbus followed their 2008 MLS Cup championship season by posting the best regular season record for the third time in club history. This marks the second time in the League’s 14-year history that a club has won consecutive Supporters’ Shield trophies. D.C. United accomplished the feat in 2006 and 2007. Last season marked the fourth time that the Supporters’ Shield winner went on to capture MLS Cup.
The Supporters’ Shield was created by fans in the early years of Major League Soccer and the bronze trophy was unveiled at the inaugural Supporters’ Summit prior to MLS Cup 1998.
The first Supporters’ Shield trophy was presented in early 1999 by Kansas City supporter Sam Pierron and a group of fans to Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Octavio Zambrano, who coached the 1998 Galaxy to the best record in MLS that year. Since then, the Supporters’ Shield has been passed on from fans of previous year’s winner to the new winner’s supporters in a ceremony during the year-end Supporters’ Summit.
Major League Soccer Supporters’ Shield winners
1996: Tampa Bay Mutiny*
1997: D.C. United*
1998: Los Angeles Galaxy
1999: D.C. United
2000: Kansas City Wizards
2001: Miami Fusion
2002: Los Angeles Galaxy
2003: Chicago Fire
2004: Columbus Crew
2005: San Jose Earthquakes
2006: D.C. United
2007: D.C. United
2008: Columbus Crew
2009: Columbus Crew