MLS: Does anyone want to win this thing?

MLS's top teams took it on the chin this weekend. The top four teams in the race for the Supporters' Shield all lost -- and lost badly.

FC Dallas began by falling 3-1 on Friday night to Sporting KC, and it got worst from there. Conference leaders New England and Vancouver and the LA Galaxy all lost 3-0 on Saturday.

The weekend's big winners: the New York Red Bulls, who won at Portland, 2-0, and became the first team to clinch a playoff berth.

Supporters' Shield, PPG Leaders:
1. NY Red Bulls (W 2-0), 1.71
2. FC Dallas (L 1-3), 1.68
3. Vancouver (L 0-3), 1.66
4. LA Galaxy (L 0-3), 1.57
4. Crew SC (W 2-1), 1.57

Seattle's 3-0 win over Vancouver on a trio of fantastic goals by Andreas Ivanschitz, newcomer Gonzalo Pineda and Obafemi Martins gave the Sounders the Cascadia Cup for the first time since 2011.

The Red Bulls lead the Eastern Conference and hold a share of the lead in the Supporters' Shield race -- the 'Caps lead on total wins -- thanks to Sunday's win at slumping Portland on goals by Felipe and Damien Perrinelle late in the first half. Since losing four in a row in June, the Red Bulls have gone 10-3-1. During the span of the last 14 games, no other team has won more than eight games.

Crew SC, next best in that span with an 8-3-3 record, had taken over the lead in the Eastern Conference on Saturday with a 2-1 win over D.C. United, which is now winless in five MLS games in a row

Streaking ...
UNBEATEN STREAK
Seattle, 4 games (WWTW)
Montreal
, 4 games (WTTW)

WINLESS STREAK
D.C. United, 5 games (LLLTL)
Chicago, 4 games (TLLL)
Portland, 4 games (TLTL)
San Jose, 4 games (LTTL)
LA Galaxy, 3 games (LTL)



EASTERN CONFERENCE. Didier Drogba scored one goal and added an assist as Montreal beat New England, 3-0, to end the Revs' six-game winning goal. The Impact remains in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Orlando City, a 1-0 winner over Chicago. New York City FC remained two points below the red line with a 3-2 win over San Jose, whose winless streak reached four games. Philadelphia is three points outside the playoff zone after a 2-0 win over Houston on Sunday.

MLS Results, Week 29:
Friday, September 18
Sporting KC 3 FC Dallas 1.
SKC: Benny Feilhaber 65
SKC: Benny Feilhaber pen. 76
DAL: Victor Ulloa (Fabian Castillo) 80
SKC: Dom Dwyer (Paulo Nagamura) 83
Att.: 18,861.



Saturday, September 19
Toronto FC 3 Colorado 1.
TFC: Sebastian Giovinco (Robbie Findley) 14
TFC: Sebastian Giovinco (Jonathan Osorio, Benoit Cheyrou) 18
TFC: Damien Perquis (Sebastian Giovinco) 38
COL: Dillon Powers (Vicente Sanchez) 40



Vancouver 0 Seattle 3.
SEA: Andreas Ivanschitz (Obafemi Martins) 45
SEA: Gonzalo Pineda (Clint Dempsey, Nelson Valdez) 71
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Clint Dempsey, Cristian Roldan) 87
Att.:  21,000.



New York City 3 San Jose 2.
NYC: Ned Grabavoy (David Villa) 51
NYC: Ned Grabavoy ( Frank Lampard) 63
NYC: David Villa (Angelino) 70
SJ: Quincy Amarikwa 72
SJ: Chris Wondolowski pen. 76
Att.: 28,231.



D.C. United 1 Columbus 2.
CLB: Ethan Finlay (Tyson Wahl, Kei Kamara) 27
CLB:  Kei Kamara (Tony Tchani) 49
DC: Chris Rolfe 68
Att.: 19,033.


Montreal 0 New England 3.
MTL: Johan Venegas (Ignacio Piatti) 5
MTL: Didier Drogba 60
MTL: Dilly Duka (Didier Drogba) 76
Att.: 20,801.



Chicago 0 Orlando  City 1.
ORL: Bryan Rochez (Darwin Ceren, Brek Shea) 86
Att.: 20,280



Real Salt Lake 3 LA Galaxy 0.
RSL: Devon Sandoval (Aaron Maund, Javier Morales) 3
RSL: Javier Morales pen. 28
RSL: Devon Sandoval (Juan Manuel Martinez) 53
Att.: 21,004.



Wednesday, September 16
New York City 2 Toronto FC 0.
NYC: Frank Lampard (R.J. Allen, Andrea Pirlo) 20
NYC: Patrick Mullins (Andrea Pirlo) 77
Att.: 25,075



New England 2 NY Red Bulls 1.
NE: Diego Fagundez (Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen) 2
NY: Mike Grella 6
NE: Kelyn Rowe (Scott Caldwell) 65
Att.: 10,997.



San Jose 1 Montreal 1.
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 35
MTL: Kyle Bekker 65
Red Cards:
MTL: Ambroise Oyongo 49
Att.: 18,000.



Sunday, September 20
Portland 0 NY Red Bulls 2.
NY: Felipe (Kemar Lawrence), 43
NY: Damien Perrinelle (Sacha Kljestan), 45+2
Att.: 21,144.

Philadelphia 2 Houston 0.
PHL:
Tranquillo Barnetta (Sebastien Le Toux) 3
PHL:
C.J. Sapong (Fabinho, Tranquillo Barnetta) 63
Att.:
14,784.

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE

PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T GF/GA

48 (28) *NY Red Bulls 14-8-6 49/32
47 (30) Crew SC 13-9-8 49/49
46 (29) New England 13-10-7 43/41
45 (30) D.C. United 13-11-6 37/37
40 (29) Toronto FC 12-13-4 49/50
36 (27) Montreal 10-11-6 38/38
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35 (30) Orlando City 9-13-8 37/51
34 (30) New York City 8-15-7 44/50
33 (30) Philadelphia 9-15-6 38/47
27 (29) Chicago 7-16-6 36/46
*Clinched playoff berth.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
48 (29) Vancouver 15-11-3 40/31
47 (28) FC Dallas 14-9-5 41/34
47 (30) LA Galaxy 13-9-8 49/36
45 (30) Seattle 14-13-3 38/32
44 (28) Sporting KC 12-8-8 44/39
41 (29) Portland 11-10-8 29/34
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40 (30) San Jose 11-12-7 37/36
38 (29) Real Salt Lake 10-11-8 35/41
35 (29) Houston 9-12-8 36/39
34 (29) Colorado 8-11-10 27/33

Leading MLS Scorers:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
21+1 Kei Kamara (Crew SC)
19+2 Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
16+1 David Villa (New York City)
15+1+1 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
15 Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
14 Bradley Wright-Phillips (NY Red Bulls)
13+1 Obafemi Martins (Seattle)
11 Cyle Larin (Orlando City)
10+2 Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC)
10+1 Dom Dwyer (Sporting KC)
10 Octavio Rivero (Vancouver)
10 Will Bruin (Houston)
10 Fanendo Adi (Portland)

MLS Schedule, Week 30:
Wednesday, September 23
Montreal vs. Chicago, 8 pm
Houston vs. Sporting KC, 8:30 pm
Friday, September 25
NY Red Bulls vs. Orlando City, 7 pm UniMas
Saturday, September 26
Toronto FC vs. Chicago, 2 pm
Montreal vs. D.C. United, 5 pm
Columbus vs. Portland, 7:30 pm
New England vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 pm
Houston vs. Colorado, 8:30 pm
Vancouver vs. New York City, 10 pm
Sunday, September 27
Sporting KC vs. Seattle, 5 pm ESPN, ESPN Deportes
San Jose vs. Real Salt Lake, 7 pm Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes
LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, 9:30 pm Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes
All times ET.

MLS Schedule, Week 31:
Friday, October 2
D.C. United vs. New York City, 7 pm UniMas
Saturday, October 3
Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia, 5 pm
NY Red Bulls vs. Columbus, 7 pm
Orlando City vs. Montreal, 7:30 pm
Chicago vs. New England, 8:30 pm
Portland vs. Sporting KC, 10:30 pm
San Jose vs. Vancouver, 10:30 pm
Sunday, October 4
FC Dallas vs. Houston, 5 pm ESPN2
Colorado vs. Real Salt Lake, 7 pm Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes
Seattle vs. LA Galaxy, 9:30 pm Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes
All times ET.

MLS Schedule, Week 32:
Wednesday, October 7
NY Red Bulls vs. Montreal, 7:30 pm
Vancouver vs. FC Dallas, 10 pm
Saturday, October 10
Colorado vs. Montreal, 9 pm
All times ET.

MLS Schedule, Week 33:
Wednesday, October 14
Toronto FC vs. NY Red Bulls, 7 pm
FC Dallas vs. Vancouver 9 pm
Real Salt Lake vs. Portland, 9:30 pm
Friday, October 16
Orlando City vs. New York City, 7 pm
San Jose vs. Sporting KC, 11 pm
Saturday, October 17
Toronto FC vs. Columbus, 2 pm
New England vs. Montreal, 7:30 pm
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, 9:30 pm
Sunday, October 18
NY Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia, TBD
D.C. United vs. Chicago, TBD
Houston vs. Seattle, TBD
LA Galaxy vs. Portland, TBD
All times ET.

MLS Schedule, Week 34:
Wednesday, October 21
Colorado vs. Sporting KC, 8:30 pm
Sunday, October 25

Columbus vs. D.C. United, 5 pm
Montreal vs. Toronto FC, 5 pm
New York City vs. New England, 5 pm
Philadelphia vs. Orlando, 5 pm
Chicago vs. NY Red Bulls, 5 pm
FC Dallas vs. San Jose, 7 pm
Portland vs. Colorado, 7 pm
Sporting KC vs. LA Galaxy, 7 pm
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, 7 pm
Vancouver vs. Houston, 7 pm
All times ET.

1 comment about "MLS: Does anyone want to win this thing?".
  1. John Soares, September 21, 2015 at 2:32 p.m.

    This is how it should be.... for fans anyway. Four weeks left and 8 out of ten teams still have a chance to, at least make the playoffs. In most European countries, by week four 8 out of 10 teams don't stand a chance of winning it.

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