Mezquida vs. Red Bulls

VANCOUVER, BC The race for the MLS Supporters’ Shield (awarded to the best team in the regular season) is as close as ever. But after another week of MLS action, Vancouver Whitecaps FC remain in pole position.


Here’s a look at the current standings (with just six weeks remaining):

<strong>#</strong>
<strong>TEAM</strong>
<strong>PTS</strong>
<strong>GP</strong>
<p align="center">1</p>
<p align="center">Vancouver Whitecaps FC</p>
<p align="center">48</p>
<p align="center">28</p>
<p align="center">2</p>
<p align="center">FC Dallas</p>
<p align="center">47</p>
<p align="center">27</p>
<p align="center">3</p>
<p align="center">LA Galaxy</p>
<p align="center">47</p>
<p align="center">29</p>
<p align="center">4</p>
<p align="center">New York Red Bulls</p>
<p align="center">45</p>
<p align="center">26</p>
<p align="center">5</p>
<p align="center">D.C. United</p>
<p align="center">45</p>
<p align="center">29</p>

LA Galaxy had an opportunity to leapfrog the ‘Caps this weekend, but they were held to a scoreless draw with Montreal Impact at the StubHub Center. Meanwhile, FC Dallas picked up their third straight win to move within a point with Whitecaps FC – and they have a game in hand.


This might be a good time to remind you that Whitecaps FC play back-to-back games against FC Dallas next month. Safe to say there’s going to be a lot riding on those matches.  


Another way to break down Supporters’ Shield race is by looking at maximum possible points. That number simply tells you how many points a team would end up with if they win all their remaining matches (since some teams have played more games than others to date). See below.

<strong>TEAM</strong>
<strong>MAX PTS</strong>
<p align="center">New York Red Bulls</p>
<p align="center">69</p>
<p align="center">FC Dallas</p>
<p align="center">68</p>
<p align="center">Vancouver Whitecaps FC</p>
<p align="center">66</p>
<p align="center">LA Galaxy</p>
<p align="center">62</p>
<p align="center">Sporting KC</p>
<p align="center">62</p>

According to this table, New York and FC Dallas actually have the mathematical edge over Vancouver. But that’s why you play the games.

Finally, that brings us to “strength of schedule.” ­This shows how difficult a team’s remaining schedule is by measuring their opponents’ points-per-game at home and on the road. The lower the number, the easier the remaining schedule.


Let’s take a look at Vancouver, Dallas and New York.

<strong>TEAM</strong>
<strong>STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE</strong>
<p align="center">Vancouver Whitecaps FC</p>
<p align="center">1.26</p>
<p align="center">New York Red Bulls</p>
<p align="center">1.36</p>
<p align="center">FC Dallas</p>
<p align="center">1.66</p>

So among the three frontrunners, the ‘Caps actually have the easiest remaining schedule. But once again, that’s why you play the games. 


Who do you see as Vancouver’s toughest competitor for the Supporters’ Shield?

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