The Sounders lost their lead in the Supporters’ Shield race Sunday. A tie in Los Angeles Galaxy allowed New York to leapfrog into first place on total points with a win against FC Dallas.
As always, there are qualifiers that apply.
Seattle has played two fewer games than the Red Bulls and still owns the top points-per-game average in MLS at 1.79.
A lot of ambiguity about which team is the league’s best could conveniently be settled head-to-head next week. New York is set to come to town for a Sept. 29 game at CenturyLink Field, and the winner would own both the most points and the highest PPG.
Once again, there is another important note.
The Sounders could lose to the Red Bulls and still control their Supporters’ Shield destiny. Seattle can still earn as many as 68 points this season, meaning it would be 65 after a loss. New York’s max is 63 (same with Sporting Kansas City and Montreal). Hopefully that math makes sense.
In more conference-specific news, Real Salt Lake lost to San Jose this weekend, meaning the Sounders’ chances improved of earning the West’s top seed in the playoffs.
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Any thoughts on the weekend’s results or the upcoming matchup between conference leaders?