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Arena puts Quakes-Galaxy showdown in perspective
by Paul Kennedy, October 19th, 2012 1:58AM

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[MLS SCHEDULE: Week 32] This week's marquee match pits the San Jose Earthquakes, who will clinch the 2012 Supporters' Shield with a win, against the Los Angeles Galaxy, winner of last year's Supporter's Shield and MLS Cup 2011 (TV: Galavision, Sunday, 7 p.m. ET). This year's first two games featured epic comebacks by the Quakes (3-2 and 4-3 wins), but Galaxy coach Bruce Arena insisted he had better things to do in life than worry about what happened in those games.

Speaking after practice on Thursday, Arena told lagalaxy.com: "I'm not at all troubled by those two games at this point in my life. I'm moving on, I was not happy in the short term with those games, but now I've put it past me, I'm looking for greater things in life. I had a grandchild born, we're in the middle of a heated Presidential election, [the U.S.] lost a difficult Ryder Cup, the Yankees are [were] hanging on for life so really I don't give two sh*** about the last time that we played San Jose."

The Galaxy is out of contention for the Supporters' Shield after an up-and-down season and needs to win its last two games -- it hosts the Seattle Sounders in their regular-season finale -- to avoid a play-in game.

Arena took another swipe at this year's unbalanced schedule, saying that it "makes zero sense" to call the team with the best record the Supporters' Shield winner.

Four playoff berths remain up for grabs on the second-to-last weekend of the regular season.

The three remaining berths in the Eastern Conference will go to D.C. United, Houston and New York if D.C. United beats Columbus and Houston defeats Philadelphia.

FC Dallas needs to do better in its game at Seattle than Vancouver does at home against Portland to stay alive in the Western Conference.

WEEK 32:
Oct. 17 in Seattle
Seattle 0 Real Salt Lake 0.
Seattle -- Gspurning, Evans, Scott, Parke, Burch, Rosales (Caskey 80), Alonso,  Rose, Tiffert, Montero (Estrada 76), Ochoa (Seamon 40).
Real Salt Lake -- Rimando, Beltran, Olave (Schuler 46), Borchers, Wingert, Beckerman, Gil (Viana 82), Steele, Morales, Espindola, Bonfigli (Velasquez 71).
Red Card: Seattle -- Scott 30.
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Att.: 38,356.
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Saturday, October 20
Toronto FC vs. Montreal, 1:30 pm
New York vs. Sporting KC, 7 pm
D.C. United vs. Columbus, 7:30 pm
New England vs. Chicago, 7:30 pm
Houston vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 pm NBCSN
Chivas USA vs. Colorado, 10:30 pm
Sunday, October 21
San Jose vs. Los Angeles, 7 pm Galavision
Vancouver vs. Portland, 7 pm
Seattle vs. FC Dallas, 9 pm ESPN ESPN Deportes
Note: All times ET.

STANDINGS:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T- +/-
59 *Sporting KC 17-7-8 40/26
56 *Chicago 17-10-5 45/39
54 D.C. United 18-10-6 49/40
53 New York 15-9-8 54/46
50 Houston 13-8-11 45/38
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49 Columbus 14-11-7 40/40
41 Montreal 12-15-5 45/50
36 Philadelphia 10-15-6 35/37
29 New England 7-17-8 37/44
22 Toronto FC 5-20-7 35/60

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T- +/-
64 *San Jose 19-6-7 69/40
56 *Real Salt Lake 17-11-5 46/35
53 *Seattle 14-7-11 48/31
50 *Los Angeles 15-12-5 56/45
42 Vancouver 11-12-9 35/40
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38 FC Dallas 9-12-11 39/42
31 Colorado 9-19-4 40/50
30 Portland 7-16-9 32/55
29 Chivas USA 7-17-8 22/54
*Clinched playoff berth.

All times ET.

WEEK 33:
Wednesday, October 24
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia, 8:30 pm
Saturday, October 27
Philadelphia vs. New York, 1:30 pm NBC
Montreal vs. New England, 2 pm
Chicago vs. D.C. United, 4 pm NBCSN
Portland vs. San Jose, 6:30 pm NBCSN
Colorado vs. Houston, 9 pm
Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver, 9 pm
Sunday, October 28
Columbus vs. Toronto FC, 4 pm
FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA, 7 pm Galavision
Los Angeles vs. Seattle, 9 pm ESPN ESPN Deportes



2 comments
  1. Doug Olson
    commented on: October 19, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.
    "it "makes zero sense" to call the team with the best record the Supporters' Shield winner." Really, Bruce? While the schedule may be unbalanced, you're in the same conference as the Earthquakes so your team has played the exact same opponents as have the Earthquakes. That 14-point overall differential, and their two wins over you, mean something to the rest of us.

  1. John Burns
    commented on: October 19, 2012 at 11:02 a.m.
    I agree that Bruce's comment re the Supporters' Shield is puzzling but perhaps he was misunderstood by the journalist. It may not have been said in the context of the unbalanced schedule at all but a comment directed toward the moniker placed upon the recognition of the team that finishes the season with the most points. When MLS came up with "Supporters' Shield" back in 1996, it struck me as dumb since the name brought up the image of a garbage can lid in front of a bunch of jock straps. How about something straight forward and simple like "MLS Best Team 2012"? I also would suggest that the team finishing the season with the most points be automatically granted home field advantage for MLS Cup without participating the playoffs while they wait for the playoff system to determine who will be their eventual opponent for the Cup title.


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