With their three goal victory over Montreal and FC Dallas’ loss to Real Salt Lake, the Chicago Fire are still mathematically eligible to win the Supporters Shield!
Ok, so they’re only in the hunt by formality, and ten points lost (or gained by FC Dallas) between now and the end of the season will see them out of the shield race in 2016. But, credit to the Fire who have now won a match away from home for the the first time in two and a half years.
In terms of potential points to be gained, this Chicago victory creates a new dynamic at the bottom of the table. The Fire now have a mathematically better chance based on potential points alone to finish 17th on the overall table rather than 20th. Vancouver and Houston both find themselves underneath, but New England are now in the cellar as the team with the least potential for the remainder of the season.
The Revolution are currently 8th in the East, but the lack of games in hand see themselves underneath both Columbus and Chicago, both of whom have the fewest games played on the season. Lost points from this point on could be disastrous for the Revs.
On the top of the table, the LA Galaxy gave up valuable ground on the Supporters Shield race, but are still in position to claim home field advantage over the 6th seed in the playoffs.
This week’s magic number is 6
Lots of opportunities for twelve teams to pick up six points this week, as well as stop their opponents from gaining any. The MLS season is now in 6-point game territory. Two important matches in the east this week, as Toronto FC face Montreal Impact to claim playoff supremacy as well as TFC’s ongoing fight for the Shield, and NYCFC push for the top of the east against Orlando City FC who currently reside under the playoff bubble. In the West, Colorado visits Utah in a rivalry clash to determine who sits where near the top of the table.