3. The Shield race is still on
Atlanta’s win kept them atop the Supporters’ Shield standings for at least another week. They lead the New York Red Bulls by just one point heading into Decision Day. Atlanta will travel to Toronto, where a win will clinch the Shield. New York host Orlando City, one of the worst defenses in MLS history.
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It’s a safe bet that New York, who took care of business this weekend on the road against playoff side Philadelphia, will win at home against Orlando. If they hope to win the club’s third Supporters’ Shield, Atlanta will have to drop points in Toronto.
Atlanta could, however, very well drop points in Toronto, as the two sides have an interesting history. Through three matches so far, each game has resulted in a 2-2 draw. Although unlikely, that score could happen again, opening the door for New York to claim the Shield. Meanwhile, Toronto will have a lot to play for, despite already being eliminated from the playoffs (more on that later).
Here are the possible scenarios for Decision Day and the Supporters Shield:
- ATL win= ATL Shield
- ATL draw+NY win= NY Shield
- ATL loss+NY win= NY Shield
- ATL draw+NY draw= ATL Shield
- ATL loss+NY loss= ATL Shield
- ATL loss by one goal+NY draw= ATL Shield
- ATL loss by two goals or more+NY draw= NY Shield
There are a lot of possible outcomes. In the end, though, Atlanta controls their own destiny and can win the club’s first trophy with a win.