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For the first time in history, the Philadelphia Union can now officially say that they have won a trophy.
Following Sunday night’s 2-0 win over the New England Revolution, the Union claimed this year’s Supporters’ Shield award. Given to the points leader at the end of the regular season, Philadelphia’s tally of 47 was enough to lift the shield in their last game ahead of the playoffs.
Which isn’t bad for a team that started off the year with a 2-0 loss and a 3-3 draw.
With a manager at the helm like Jim Curtin – who has dealt with plenty of criticism from fans in the last few years – the Union immediately rebounded after returning to play for the summer’s MLS Is Back tournament. Although they ultimately failed to win the competition, they were still able to show glimpses of what they would eventually become.
Months later and with only three losses in their last 18 games, the Union can now say that no MLS team this season claimed more points than them. It’s a historic moment for the club, and to summarize it all, we’ll let defender Ray Gaddis close it out.
“Good things happen in Philadelphia,” said the 30-year-old veteran after helping earn the Union’s first trophy on Sunday.
Three goals just weren’t enough for Chicago in their failed chase of a playoff spot. NYCFC, with a place already booked for the postseason, highlighted what their attack is capable of before their “Round One” battle against Orlando City this month.
For the first time in their short MLS history, Atlanta did not qualify for the playoffs. Once one of the most thrilling teams in the league, there is now much that needs to be improved for the Georgia club that lifted the league title in 2018.
The Impact needed a win to head to the postseason, and despite the fact that they were shown a red card in the final minutes of the match, their three goals were enough to sneak into the playoffs ahead of DC United.
Welcome to the playoff party, Miami. Thanks to their victory over Cincinnati on “Decision Day,” Miami has now accomplished their goal of qualifying for the postseason in their debut year.
This match was all about the chase of the Supporters’ Shield for Toronto, and with no win to show after the full 90 minutes, the Canadian side paved a path for the Union to secure the trophy.
Orlando should consider themselves lucky that they already had an invitation to the playoffs before the weekend. After taking a 2-1 lead, Orlando would later allow an equalizer in the 88th minute and a game-winner for Nashville in the 93rd.
As mentioned earlier, this match marked an unforgettable moment for the Union and their fans. With plenty of momentum and talent at their disposal, Philadelphia should at least make an appearance in this year’s MLS Cup final.
A vital win that helped the Rapids climb higher up the league table. Looking back, it was a good end to the regular season for the Colorado club that had three consecutive victories.
Moments away from earning a higher seed in the playoffs, LAFC’s hopes for three points were stolen away from them when Portland’s Jorge Villafaña scored an equalizer in the 90th minute.
Emanuel Reynoso, take a bow. Minnesota’s #10 was easily the match of the match with his goal and two assists during Sunday’s win. The Argentine wrapped up the regular season with four assists in his last three games.
With little on the line for a Real Salt Lake roster that was already out of the playoff running, Kansas City had no real trouble out-shooting and out-scoring their opponents.
A sign of more similar results to follow for the playoff-bound Earthquakes? Constantly involved in high-scoring wins and losses, San Jose will easily be must-watch soccer in the postseason.
A fitting end to a turbulent year for the Galaxy. With no playoffs in sight, they’ll have plenty of time to readdress the numerous problems and complications that have emerged for them throughout 2020.
There are a couple of teams that could give them problems in the knockout round, but keep an eye on Philadelphia. The Supporters’ Shield winners will likely have plenty of confidence as they begin their path towards an expected deep run.
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