MLS: Can Small-Market Teams Translate Regular-Season Form into an MLS Cup?

Major League Soccer never fails to dramatically entertain fans due to the parity across the league. This allows small-market teams to compete with the big spenders in MLS.

However, these smaller sides may face stiff competition from the reloaded LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders once the playoffs begin.

On the other hand, neither LA nor Seattle is on top of the Supporters' Shield standings. That honor belongs to D.C. United.

D.C. has played more games than any other side in the Eastern Conference, but it still deserves its success.

United has topped the league thanks to its balanced attack and stingy defending. Chris Rolfe has a team-leading nine goals. Fourteen players have scored at least once.

D.C.'s 29 goals conceded is the fifth-lowest amount in MLS. Considering it has played more matches than the other teams ranked below United in this category, that's an impressive feat.

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been key to th...

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