Red Bulls control Shield destiny after win vs. Philly

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

HARRISON, N.J. – With one week remaining in the season, the New York Red Bulls have control of their Shield destiny.

The Red Bulls clinched their first Shield title in club history on October 27th, 2013, taking an impressive 5-2 victory over the Fire at Red Bull Arena.

What would it take to become Shield champions again? They can once again claim the plate with a win against Chicago at Toyota Field this Sunday, October 25th. Either that result or an FC Dallas loss against the San Jose Earthquakes in the second of two Sunday matches would clinch the Shield for New York.

With their win against Philadelphia on Sunday, the Red Bulls clinched the Eastern Conference title. Since Dallas has already clinched the West, New York are guaranteed a CONCACAF Champions League spot, whether they win the Shield or not. That is a saving grace for New York who have never won at Chicago since the Fire have called Toyota Park home. Chicago are 9-0-5 against New York since 2005 — Toyota Park’s inaugural year. Their last encounter against the Fire on August 14th ended in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss for the visitors. FC Dallas, meanwhile, is undefeated against the Earthquakes this season (1-0-1).

 

  • Small correction on “They can once again claim the plate with a win against Chicago at Toyota Field this Sunday, October 25th.” that has very, very little chance of coming up.

    Even if Metro beat Chicago, FC Dallas would still win the shield if they surpassed NY on goal differential; they’re currently 6 behind. FC Dallas could also do it by equaling NY’s goal differential, but they’d have to make up their Goals For deficit; NY is at 60 and Dallas is at 50. Like I said, hardly worthy of a mention.

    • Small correction on “They can once again claim the plate with a win against Chicago at Toyota Field this Sunday, October 25th.” that has very, very little chance of coming up.

      Even if Metro beat Chicago, FC Dallas would still win the shield if they surpassed NY on goal differential; they’re currently 6 behind. FC Dallas could also do it by equaling NY’s goal differential, but they’d have to make up their Goals For deficit; NY is at 60 and Dallas is at 50. Like I said, hardly worthy of a mention.

      • Copied original post instead of my reply. I meant to say that I don’t think the last part of what I said could happen (Dallas equaling NY on GD, and surpassing them on GF, without surpassing them on GD, at least with both of them winning). It’s late though and I don’t want to think more about math to be sure. The first part holds true though, that NY can win the game and fail to win the shield, if Dallas surpasses them on GD.

    • slowleftarm

      So that comment was “hardly worthy of a mention” yet you mentioned it three times. Thanks.

      • William

        but why cant they win in the playoffs like why ?

        • slowleftarm

          They got through two rounds of playoffs last year. It’s not as easy as playing in NASL.

      • What is your deal, slowleftarm? First of all, I mentioned it once, double posting by mistake, and then posted a clarification to one part. Oh, the horror. Secondly, of course it’s worthy of a mention, even if it probably isn’t going to happen. The article incorrectly states, full-stop, that a NY win would get them the Shield. NY could win and still not get the Shield. Seems good to have that right.

        • slowleftarm

          Have a sense of humor. Anyway, yes, thankfully we are now all prepared in case Dallas beats San Jose 9-0 on Sunday.

          • Thankfully, we are now all blessed with your gift of humor, and relieved from the burden of factual accuracy. I have a gift for differentiating between humor and snark.

            • EnglishRBNY

              **** me. The pair of you. Lord have mercy.

              • William

                slow is a real *******

  • Jcr3

    The MLS tie breaker rules indicate the first tie breaker is total wins so if both teams win, both tie or both lose where they end up even on points would have the NY Red Bulls on top regardless of goal differential because they have one more win

    • slowleftarm

      Nope, they have the exact same record so if they both get the same result Sunday, RBNY wins on goal difference.

      • William

        will it matter in the end really ?

        • slowleftarm

          Yes, and it will matter to jealous Cosmos fans most of all.

        • Brad

          Maybe. Anyway, my son won a ice hockey tourney. About the same as a trophy in the NASL.