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October 8, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Los Angeles Galaxy claims fourth MLS Supporters’ Shield

LA Galaxy Logo.jpgSounders FC’s odds were long to make up seven points in the MLS standings to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the final few weeks of the season.

Those Supporters’ Shield dreams were officially dashed Saturday with a 2-0 home loss to Philadelphia. Second-place Seattle fell to 16-7-9 in defeat and, even with two wins combined with two L.A. losses to close the season, can’t catch the Galaxy (18-4-10).

L.A. has finished with the best regular-season record four times in franchise history and is four points shy of the all-time MLS record for points in a season, set by the Galaxy in 1998. Coach Bruce Arena‘s side will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs (not to mention the MLS Cup is at The Home Depot Center) and earned automatic qualification into the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League group stage.

Here’s the list of MLS Supporters’ Shield winners:

2011: Los Angeles Galaxy

2010: Los Angeles Galaxy

2009: Columbus Crew

2008: Columbus Crew

2007: D.C. United

2006: D.C. United

2005: San Jose Earthquakes

2004: Columbus Crew

2003: Chicago Fire

2002: Los Angeles Galaxy

2001: Miami Fusion

2000: Kansas City Wizards

1999: D.C. United

1998: Los Angeles Galaxy

1997: D.C. United*

1996: Tampa Bay Mutiny*

* — Awarded retroactively

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