Los Angeles Galaxy Knock Out FC Dallas, 2-1, Claim MLS Supporters’ Shield

Well, how about that.

It took them the entire regular season, but Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy defeated FC Dallas 2-1 to finally claim the Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield. With the honors go a free pass to the group stage of next year's CONCACAF Champions League. At least they won't risk being embarrassed by Puerto Rico again in the preliminary round.

"We needed this game," Arena said. "We haven't been in a game where we've been forced to win, forced to show up and play hard and fight and scrap for everything we can get. That's the kind of game that should give our team and players a lot of confidence.

"We … had to fight for our lives, basically. We raised our level of play, our competitiveness, our mentality. And it's something we're going to have to have for the playoffs if we have any interest in trying to get back to the MLS Cup."

Interestingly, for 11 excruciating minutes, it seemed as if the regular season would crumb...

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