Galaxy win, RSL loss has Los Angeles poised for Supporters’ Shield repeat

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON — The Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake both trotted out reserve-laden lineups Saturday night, aiming to preserve fresh legs through a congested schedule while hoping to eke out road results in the thick of the postseason hunt.

The Galaxy gutted their way to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on a stoppage-time goal by Chad Barrett. RSL was ambushed by the Dwayne De Rosario show and fell 4-1 at D.C. United. As a result, the Supporters' Shield likely isn't leaving the Home Depot Center.

With a 10-point lead over RSL and four games remaining, the Galaxy are poised to repeat as Major League Soccer's top point-getter and cement a place in the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League, and their chief rivals have all but conceded the distinction.

"I have to take a good look at that and decide whether that's a realistic expectation or goal of ours," Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis said following Saturday's loss. "I kind of thought that we could get a positive result tonight by playing fresh players that would be highly motivated to contribute. It doesn't happen, so now we've got to go back to the drawing board and figure whether it's worth still going for."

RSL still has a game in hand on Los Angeles, and the two go head-to-head next Saturday in a marquee matchup that has lost a bit of its luster given the point discrepancy between the two clubs. 

Even if RSL were to maximize its game in hand and win Saturday's matchup, it would still need to make up four points on Los Angeles over the course of three games. Given that Los Angeles has lost only three league games all season, that would seem unlikely, although the Galaxy round out the season with road matches at New York and Houston sandwiching a rivalry game with Chivas USA.

"I didn't think we really had a chance (at the Supporters' Shield)," RSL captain Kyle Beckerman said. "I knew we were geting closer, but (the Galaxy) just seem to carry on winning games.

"I dont know, it's pretty far away. We just want to get as close as we can, see if we can hold down second or get in that third spot so we get a little bye."

Seattle isn't totally out of the picture yet, either. Even though Seattle crept within seven points through the same amount of games as Los Angeles with a win over Vancouver Saturday night, it would still take a sizeable collapse for Los Angeles not to retain the Shield. Accomplishing that feat would make the Galaxy the third consecutive team to repeat as Supporters' Shield winner, following D.C. United in 2006-07 and Columbus in 2008-09.

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Do you think the race for the Supporters' Shield is over? Can you see either RSL or Seattle catching Los Angeles?

Share your thoughts below.

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10 Responses to Galaxy win, RSL loss has Los Angeles poised for Supporters’ Shield repeat

  1. ciscokid says:

    It’s probably over but Kreis’ comment is sort of dumb. Both Seattle and RSL need to keep winning to assure themselves of home pitch advantage in conference semis, so if LA stumbles, particularly against RSL, either of those teams are in a possible position to take advantage of it, but only if they keep winning.

    Unless Kreis is saying he’s going to settle for 3rd in the west he needs to trot out his best XI each game.

    And his decision to start an almost complete team of reserves against DC was quite stupid. MLS CUP is the only competition RSL is in, whereas Seattle is still in 3 competitions, and I don’t see Sigi pushing the panic button like Jason did. Not only did they lose the game but they gave up the lead in GD to Seattle, which is the tiebreaker if they tie for second. Bad management from JK, a coach I usually admire.

  2. V says:

    Kreis likely thought resting his players after the amount of games would leave them healthy, I guess, for a stretch run at the MLS Cup trophy which would give them the chance at another CCL berth although they could still get it if Seattle beats Chicago for the Open Cup in two weeks.

  3. Lil' Zeke says:

    All I’m saying is this topic has SBI captivated like few before it

  4. beachbum says:

    nice win on the road. Saunders was the Man of the Match. Call him up Coach and check him out!

    RSL sounds like they’re playing possum, wanting an LA let up and trying to be cagey and fish for it

  5. TommyOC says:

    Saunders has played on the Puerto Rican national team, as odd as that sounds… so I have no idea if he’s eligible for an allegiance change (even though PR is a US Territory.)

  6. Northzax says:

    Yep. He played in a qualifier for PR in 08. Against the DR, I think. A win, no less so he’s capped.

  7. Vic says:

    Nice goal by Barrett, but I would still rather see Angel.

  8. Chad says:

    Paolo Cardozo was excellent. He is a young player capable of slowing the game down with his possession game. At this point, this type of skill is rare in the US.

    Why doesn’t this kid see more acton???

  9. Turd Ferguson says:

    You can. There’s another team in LA called the Shitvas or something. You can find game tickets in junk mail piles across Southern California. Knock yourself out.

  10. Turd Ferguson says:

    That Barret goal was a stunner. When Donovan’s strike was blocked I immediately expected the ref to blow the whistle and LA to walk away with a point. Then BOOM Barret redeemed himself for a season of mediocrity.