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DCU Wins Supporters' Shield

Colorado scores twice down a man in the second half, hands Chivas USA its first loss at home this season, 2-1. Shocker.

As a result, Chivas cannot beat out DCU for the Supporters' Shield because even if they won their finale and DCU lost to Columbus, United would win the tiebreaker by virtue of a victory and tie against the Goats. It's over.

United will play in both the CONCACAF Champions' Cup and SuperLiga next year. (DCU, Chivas, New England and Houston go to SuperLiga.)

By Steve Goff  |  October 14, 2007; 5:04 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Thanks Steve!

NEW LETTERHEAD!

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 14, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations DC United!!!
Thanks for the hard work!!!!!

Posted by: Marchi | October 14, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Congrats DC United!
Thanks for the update.

Posted by: m | October 14, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Prideaux gets a red and Colorado still wins?!

Damn.

Posted by: the cheat | October 14, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the team. No doubt they deserve this prize. And I'm glad that we will get another shot at Champion's Cup.

And thanks to Colorado.... our partners in the controversial Erpen / Vanney swap (and maybe the turning point in DC's season) end up beating Chivas to seal the deal. It must be fate!

Posted by: stairs | October 14, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

WOOOOT!!!

Glad to see the team that gives it all throughout the season win the league.

Posted by: Red Devil | October 14, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Campiones

now on to mls cup

looking foward to that chicago la galaxy match

Posted by: castroviejo | October 14, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Colorado scored twice with 10 men on the road. Who would have guessed? Wow.

Posted by: Nogra Rover | October 14, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Hardware!

One down, one to go.

Posted by: DCUInWeaton | October 14, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Great job, D.C. United!! Congratulations on another Supporter's Shield!! Let's take care of Columbus and get ready for our favorite time of year at RFK....playoffs!

Posted by: Smitty | October 14, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Well done DCU, the best team with the best record. The Supporters' Shield is on the shelf. Now get the MLS CUP.

Posted by: POPONE | October 14, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

When Ihemelu grabbed a goal, I thought just maybe Colorado could make it stand up. However, when Perez equalized, I thought we would see Chivas get another soon thereafter and a third when Colorado threw people forward looking to stay alive. I did NOT see the Rapids getting the winner. It's amazing, especially when you think of how bad the Rapids actually are. Then again, Chivas is showing that without Razov, they are more of a pretender than a contender. Galindo really thrives off of Razov, so they end up looking a bit toothless despite having such good possession in attack.

11 titles in 12 years...you know how we always point out that we're the most successful team in the district? We're limiting ourselves. There isn't a pro franchise in US sports that has put 11 banners (this allows regular season and conference champions to have an answer for Supporters' Shields and Open Cups) up in the last 12 years.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | October 14, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Sweet - this is fantastic news! Superliga is nice, but I am more excited about the CONCACAF Champions' Cup and the opportunity it offers to get back to the Sudamericana. Speaking of which, do you think they will ever allow an MLS team into Libertadores? My guess is MLS needs to perform better in the Sudamericana first.

Posted by: FC | October 14, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

finally a trophy that means, uh....

....fixture congestion

still, a huge feat for any team to win the league in points, now onto that mls cup at rfk the day after that acc showdown here against miami, god that's gonna be one hell of a weekend

Posted by: blacksburg united | October 14, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!!!

First time in MLS history for a club to claim back-to-back Supporters Shields!!!!! Congratulations D.C. United!

Posted by: Keenan | October 14, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I was beginning to think this season, despite all the great moments, could have been a total loss:

No Open Cup, No Champions Cup, No Superliga, No Sudamericana,

MLS Cup is a crap shoot . . .

NICE JOB SOEHN!!

Where are the naysayers from April anyhow . . the ones who called for Tommy's job over and over . . ?

Posted by: delantero | October 14, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

After the loss, Guzan gets to fly to Switzerland to join the USMNT.

He and Twellman were called into camp.

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_3047425.html

Posted by: emanon | October 14, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, we should fire Tommy Soehn.

Posted by: Sean | October 14, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I was a naysayer about Moreno. I have said it since then and I'll say it again. Boy, was I wrong. I don't think we could have won the SS wthout him.

Posted by: Ron | October 14, 2007 6:26 PM | Report abuse

We now get to rest our starters until the playoffs, while others (for the most part) do not. Could make the difference. That said, I'm concerned that we seem to have lost our form over the past stretch of games. We did not look good last night.

Posted by: mj | October 14, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I was a naysayer about Moreno.

Posted by: Ron | October 14, 2007 06:26 PM

Me, too, and was I ever wrong.

and about that letterhead, let's hope they have to change it once more this fall! 11, going on 12 titles...?

Posted by: Rob | October 14, 2007 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy!!

So, what does next week's lineup look like against Columbus? Should United get ridiculous and field almost all reserves? Good experience for them and there's no need to get an injury or suspension...right?

Nolly
JCarroll-Boswell-McTavish-North
Moose-Dyachenko-Arguez-DeRoux
Addlery-Monteiro

Reserves: Perkins, BCarroll, Simms, Mediate, Mupier

Posted by: DE | October 14, 2007 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean United will be present the shield on Saturday against Columbus?

Posted by: Matt | October 14, 2007 7:14 PM | Report abuse

How did Suarez not get a red card for taking out Cancela (?)?

I wouldn't call Chivas USA toothless without Razoz. They were still constantly finding open lanes for runs & slipping behind the Rapids defense. I want to revel in the Rapids win but there was a lot of luck involved.

The 05 eQuakes should be sending the Rapids some thank you cards. They're still the only team in league history with an undefeated home record.

Posted by: Allen | October 14, 2007 7:26 PM | Report abuse

why is it called supporters shield? thanks

Posted by: Jim | October 14, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Eric | October 14, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Jim-

From Wikipedia:

The Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield is an annual award given to the Major League Soccer team with the best regular season record, as determined by the MLS points system - much like the Presidents' Trophy in the NHL. While MLS is similar to other North American sport leagues in that the winner of the end-of-season playoff final - the MLS Cup - is crowned league champion, fans wanted a way to recognize the team that would have become champion in a traditional soccer format: the team that scored the most points in league play over the regular season. To this end, the Supporters' Shield was created and first awarded following the 1998 season. While the Shield remains an unofficial honor, it has been acknowledged and recognized by the league in multiple ways, and is seen by some fans as equal or near-equal in importance to the MLS Cup.

The MLS points system, like others worldwide, awards three points for a win, one for a tie, and none for a loss. In the event of an end-of-season tie in total accumulated points, the win-loss record of head-to-head matchups between the tied teams is used as the first tiebreaker, goal difference as the second, and the total number of goals scored as the third. Should these measures fail to resolve the tie, the fourth breaker takes the previous methods and applies them only to away games, the fifth does the same for games played at home, the sixth awards the title to the team with the fewest disciplinary points, and, failing that, the seventh and final tiebreaker is a coin toss. These are standard MLS regulations for breaking ties in point totals.

In February 2006, MLS decided that the Supporters' Shield winner and the MLS Cup winner will represent the United States in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. If the Supporters Shield winner also wins the MLS Cup, the team with the second-most points qualifies as well.

Posted by: Eric | October 14, 2007 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Because it was created (and is awarded) by supporters' groups.

Posted by: Ash | October 14, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

incredible... great news. congrats!

Posted by: hokie soccer fan | October 14, 2007 8:22 PM | Report abuse

VAMOS UNITED!!!!!

Posted by: strago | October 14, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Totally awesome. Congrats boys.

Now I wonder who the lineup will be vs. Columbus. I disagree with the poster above about playing all the reserves. While it's a good opportunity to get a few younger guys some experience, we can't give this game away. It's never a good idea to back into the playoffs. But I'm totally cool with resting anyone still feeling some nagging injuries (Fred, Olsen, Moreno), and anyone who might be in card trouble.

I'm thinking a lineup more something like this...
Perkins
J.Carroll, Boswell, McTavish, Burch
Mediate, B.Carroll, Gomez, Moose
Dyachenko, Emilio

With Addlery coming in for Gomez, and DeRoux in for one of the wide midfielders at some point.

Posted by: Shatz | October 14, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

To quote the other Fred who rightly said:

"So stand up for the champions
For the champions stand up
Stand up stand up
For the champions for the champions
Stand up for the champions
For the champions stand up
Stand up stand up
For the champions for the champions
Stand up"

Can we get the whole stadium singing this on Saturday.

Posted by: Tommie | October 14, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I think they call it "the supporters shield" because "the ugliest trophy of all time" just wasn't catchy.

Posted by: stairs | October 14, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

That trophy looks like something out of an eighth grade Shop Class!!

Can't we do better?
>>>>>>>>>>>
I think they call it "the supporters shield" because "the ugliest trophy of all time" just wasn't catchy.

Posted by: d | October 14, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

""I disagree with the poster above about playing all the reserves.""

Barring injury, you start the 11 that won you the title.

45 minutes and on sub out Moreno, Gomez, Emilio/Perkins in that order to standing ovations! If we had more subs then Olsen or Fred next.

Posted by: delantero | October 14, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

"Thank you Kevin for this D.C. United jersey and congratulations on your terrific season," Fenty said. "It is great to see over 20,000 fans here at RFK supporting D.C. United. It is my hope that your fans will soon be coming to your brand new soccer stadium at Poplar Point in Anacostia. World class fans, and a world class team like D.C. United, deserve a world class stadium. And I am going to make it a priority to help you build that stadium. Thank you -- congratulations and good luck to the Black-and-Red!"

-Adrian Fenty on Oct 29 2006 (right before a mayoral elction mind you)

link to full article: http://www.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20061031&content_id=77524&vkey=news_dcu&fext=.jsp&team=t103

Posted by: Hollywood Hulk Hogan | October 14, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations DC United, winners of the 2007 Supporters' Sheild! Let's plough forward and win MLS Cup '07 at home. Great job guys!

Posted by: Kosh | October 14, 2007 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Vamos United!

I get to wear my DC United jersey with yet _another_ tick of pride down here in Alabama.

Posted by: Colm | October 14, 2007 10:18 PM | Report abuse

The starters should start the last game unless they're in danger of suspension for card accumulation or not 100% physically. Three points is still what I want to see won so that we actually win the Supporter' Shield outright--not just based on tie-breakers. 58 Points!

VAMOS UNITED!

Posted by: Soy United! | October 14, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

The marathon is over.
Now the sprint begins.

Vamos United

asitis

Posted by: asitis | October 14, 2007 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Saturday night's match will apparently be rebroadcast on CSN Wednesday at noon:

http://midatlantic.comcastsportsnet.com/tv-listings.asp?date=&listdate=10/17/2007

Posted by: Section 410 | October 14, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Hulkster ... I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Posted by: grumpy | October 14, 2007 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Mild-mannered Brandon Prideaux gets a straight red? We traded him just in time!

Posted by: Hedbal | October 14, 2007 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Uh, I wasn't really serious about playing all the reserves...

Posted by: DE | October 14, 2007 11:13 PM | Report abuse

HOO-yeah!!!

They SHOULD hand out the Supporters Shield at the end of next Saturday's match. It'd be a nice way to end the season.

Next question: Is it too early to figure out who DCU will face in the playoffs?

Posted by: Juan-John | October 14, 2007 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Yep, the opponents for the top teams are still up in the air (Chicago, KC, Colorado, and LA fighting for the last two spots), but I believe the other matchups have been decided: NY v. NE and Dallas v. Houston.

Posted by: Ed | October 14, 2007 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Allen-

Perhaps "toothless" was a bit harsh, but I do think they are much less dangerous without Razov, who is the key to their attack. Picking apart the Rapids is not really that impressive. However, with Razov I think they win today's game and score 3-4 goals. Without him, the Rapids had to do their best to shut down Galindo and watch for runners; it's a much simpler task.

Chivas will be able to get through its first round matchup without Razov, but their likely Western Conference final opponent (Houston) will be able to contain them with relative ease unless he gets healthy.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | October 14, 2007 11:39 PM | Report abuse

There won't be a supporters shield presentation at any game. The shield is presented at the MLS Cup Supporter's Summit by the previous years winning team's supporters group to the supporter's group of the next year's winner.

Last year the shield was presented by the San Jose supporters group to the Screaming Eagles at the Summit in Dallas.

This year should be interesting. Unless La Barra Brava and La Norte somehow get involved, it will be the Screaming Eagles presenting the trophy to the Screaming Eagles.

If you want to witness it, get yourselves to the Supporters Summit on the 17th.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MLS_Supporters'_Shield

Posted by: seahawkdad | October 15, 2007 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Seahawkdad, the Supporter's Shield was presented on the field last year on Oct. 7, 2006, as well as during the Supporter's Summit.

"Supporters' Shield presentation. Prior this Saturday's home game against the New England Revolution, United supporters will present the team with its third MLS Supporters' Shield. The Supporters' Shield, which D.C. United claimed following FC Dallas' 3-1 loss to Columbus last weekend, is an award given to the MLS team that finishes the regular season with the most points.

http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20061003&content_id=74564&vkey=news_dcu&fext=.jsp&team=t103

Posted by: Greifie | October 15, 2007 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Seahawkdad. You're right. The "official" presentation of the Supporter's Shield does go from supporters group to supporters group, but last year our supporters groups (SE's, Barra, La Norte + a rep from the "quiet side") got the trophy early and presented it to the team before the last game.
Kim is reporting on Big Soccer that the trophy will again be presented to the team before the Columbus game.

Everyone bring your scarves.

asitis

Posted by: asitis | October 15, 2007 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I type slowly.
asitis

Posted by: asitis | October 15, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

seehawkdad wrote:
"There won't be a supporters shield presentation at any game. The shield is presented at the MLS Cup Supporter's Summit by the previous years winning team's supporters group to the supporter's group of the next year's winner."

Really? Is this DCU press release wrong?

WASHINGTON D.C. - On the heels of Chivas USA's loss to the Colorado Rapids earlier this evening, D.C. United has claimed the 2007 Supporters Shield, the title given to the Major League Soccer team with the best regular season record. The club's fourth Supporters' Shield crown becomes the 11th major domestic or international title in club history. Having earned the title in 2006, United is the first Major League Soccer franchise to win back-to-back regular season honors. United will finish their MLS schedule this coming Saturday by hosting the Columbus Crew. The team will be awarded the 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield prior to the game at which the club's 1997 MLS Cup championship side will be honored. A pre-game tribute match celebrating the playing career of Marco Etcheverry is set for 5:30 p.m.

Posted by: KR in DC | October 15, 2007 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the late post. More detailed on the Shield were posted while I was typing!

Posted by: KR in DC | October 15, 2007 12:52 AM | Report abuse

YO ADRIEN!! Another title for your city...

Posted by: RockyBalboa | October 15, 2007 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Best news of the year. Let's punctuate it with a win Saturday and go into the playoffs with some real momentum.

No word yet on a jersey sponsor?

Posted by: Joe S. | October 15, 2007 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Hooray for DC. Sure we backed in but winning is winning.

Posted by: Bart | October 15, 2007 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Backed in? Hardly. The tear the team went on after their slow start including victories over Chivas, their closest competitor validates the Shield. One of the teams most dominating seasons in its history is not tainted by Chivas's loss yesterday.

Posted by: Chico | October 15, 2007 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Are teams from MLS ever going to qualify for this tournament? Has there been discussions? Goff? Hello? I can't wait for the day DC United is in group stage of this tournament...

Posted by: Libertadores! | October 15, 2007 8:30 AM | Report abuse

MLS teams can't qualify for Libertadores. They might receive an invitation in the future but it's a CONMEBOL tournament.

Posted by: Chico | October 15, 2007 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Vamos United!

I love this team. I cheer for so many losers in so many other sports, it feels good to back a winner. They're like the Yankees without the cheating (plus they can get it done in the playoffs).

Posted by: Jeff M | October 15, 2007 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Don't the Mexican teams qualify somehow, who are not in CONMEBOL? They just don't invite which ever Mexican team they like...I just want to know if there have been discussions or something...

Posted by: Libertadores! | October 15, 2007 8:55 AM | Report abuse

If Copa Liberatedores is a CONMEBOL tournament, how do the Mexican teams get their entries? It looks like Nexaca, America and Toluca played in the last tournament.

Posted by: tmc | October 15, 2007 8:56 AM | Report abuse

MLS needs to do a better job of making this award more prestigious. It's obvious from this blog, and from BigSoccer that the hardcore supporters recognize this for the big deal that it is, but you can also see from the Dead Tree Post this morning that this event barely registers as news.

It seems to me that MLS would be well served by putting more of a push on this trophy, and recognizing the MLS Cup for what it is: a big, important, post season tournament, but NOT the leagues' championship.

Posted by: JkR | October 15, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

From 2007 the Mexican teams have been included in the qualifying process. You have the previous champion, 5 teams each from Brazil and Argentina and 3 teams each from all the CONMEBOL countries and Mexico.

Posted by: Chico | October 15, 2007 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Keenan, thanks for the factoid. I didn't know that. Kudos to United on another first!

I am PUMPED about the 1st place finish! What an awesome club!

Posted by: Matte | October 15, 2007 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Chico.

Posted by: tmc | October 15, 2007 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Well done, boys!

Now, time for some of us (including me) to eat our words: Steve, how about running the Soccer Insider posts from Week 3 or so? Especially the "fire Soehn" posts...

Posted by: Joe Doc | October 15, 2007 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I think back to some of the comments made here (including those by me) early in the season.

The defense has no depth.

--> Our wings are too slow, especially with Olsen on one side and Gros on the back line.

--> Benny can't score. DC United needs him as a defensive midfielder.

--> Moreno is over the hill and should retire.

What do we know?

It's been a great season, and through a little luck, one topped with the MLS Cup. Now I know why we love DC United even after trading away Esky.

Posted by: ho | October 15, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Just out of the service..no more Iraq and I can finally follow and root for United like a regular fan. Then they send me on this rollar coaster ride of a season. Congrats to the front office for there astute moves and signings and to Soehn and the boys for playing brilliant soccer. Once again we are the premier team in MLS. Now for the PLAYOFFS.

Posted by: OutofTwnfan | October 15, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Just out of the service..no more Iraq and I can finally follow and root for United like a regular fan.

Posted by: OutofTwnfan | October 15, 2007 09:34 AM
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Welcome home and Thank you.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 15, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

To OutofTwnfan: Thanks for your service!

JkR wrote:
It seems to me that MLS would be well served by putting more of a push on this trophy, and recognizing the MLS Cup for what it is: a big, important, post season tournament, but NOT the leagues' championship.

I totally agree, but this approach flys in the face of almost all other American sports so I doubt MLS will ever push it hard.

There was a time when winning the pennant in baseball was a real championship, and then the two leagues played each other in the World Series. Now, with wild cards and inter-league play it's just another tournament (albeit not as bad as the "ya'll come" approach of the NFL, NBA and NHL).

There is something really pure (and obvious) about the team with the most points being "champions". I hope recognition of the accomplishment of winning The Shield will continue to grow.

Posted by: KR in DC | October 15, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Not sure if I like the photo on the DCU Web site of a pair of hands holding the Supporters Shield trophy in front of a background of empty seats.

Posted by: Juan-John | October 15, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

What no MLS DIRECT KICK in Baghdad? .

""Just out of the service..no more Iraq and I can finally follow and root for United like a regular fan.""

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Juan-John: You'd think the communications department could photoshop in the crowd from the Beckham match, excuse me, the LA Galaxy match (because David Beckham was not used in any disingenuous manner to promote the match and boost ticket sales).

Did that trophy come off the grill of a Pontiac?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 15, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I feel more proud to be a United supporter this year than in any I can remember. Just a classy, gutsy season with plenty of fight; our revered veterans leading by example, setting records; winning through patience and skill with a couple dominating performances thrown in to boot.

Such an accomplishment, especially considering we have turned over so many key positions to new players (Burch, Vanney, Simms, Emilio). Our quest for international honors hasn't taken away from the domestic campaign, either, except for the season opening slump.

11 titles in 12 years? Un-f'ing-believable. Nobody does that. Lalas claims that LA is the "crown jewel" of MLS. Well, we all know who wears that crown. We are the deserved and rightful Kings of this league; that title won on the field and in the stands and barras once again. On United! On to the Cup!

Posted by: grotus | October 15, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Did that trophy come off the grill of a Pontiac?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 15, 2007 10:39 AM "
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Hilarious... and true... it kinda matches the revised D.C. United crest which looks like the Pontiac Firebird... Wish we could go back to the original! BTW, what was the reasoning for changing it in the first place? Anyone know?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Hey OutofTwnfan:

Thank you, my friend.

Posted by: Joe Doc | October 15, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Sitting directly across the field from them, I'd say the Barra Brava deserve their own award. They brought it hard every game this season. Those guys are amazing.

Posted by: QuietSider | October 15, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me that MLS would be well served by putting more of a push on this trophy, and recognizing the MLS Cup for what it is: a big, important, post season tournament, but NOT the leagues' championship.

I'm not sure BSPN would be very receptive to that approach. (Over)Emphasizing the playoffs is one of the prices of TV money.

At least the clock counts in the correct direction and the shootout is a historical footnote. This is a concession to US sports culture we'll need to learn to live with.

Posted by: just sayin' | October 15, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

On the evolving crests - not sure there was ever an official explanation, but apparently there was some feeling that the early versions looked a little too "Nazi".

Posted by: stuck in 200s | October 15, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"Sitting directly across the field from them, I'd say the Barra Brava deserve their own award. They brought it hard every game this season. Those guys are amazing.

Posted by: QuietSider | October 15, 2007 10:55 AM "
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Personally, I think it would be awesome if at the Supporters' Summit the Screaming Eagles presented the Shield to the Barra Brava! Next year, the Barra Brava can present it to la Norte... Thought, SGs?

Posted by: Soy United! | October 15, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

JkR, too true bro. We need to highlight the success of a Supporters Shield win properly. With regard to the thought that the average american sports fan will find that incomprehensible, I say, "if you build it, they will come!"

Posted by: Matte | October 15, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Man, was this unexpected. I was imagening a nailbiting weekend. I mean, after the final whistle at RFK on Saturday, me and my inebriated self got nigh beligerant me was so angry.

That colorado-chivas game on sunday sure was fun to watch. I love Erpen. A team would have to be crazy to let him go.

The supporter's shield is the league championship in my mind. And that is good enough for me. DCU just proved again that they were the best team over the course of the season. Yehaw!

Now the tournament will just be icing on the cake.

Vamos United.

Posted by: bribri | October 15, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Horray for United! I think this is the biggest honor in MLS, and I'm even more proud to be a fan of this team.

Now let's see United play at RFK in MLS Cup!

Unit-ed, Unit-ed, vamos Unit-ed!

Posted by: David | October 15, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I also agree that the web managers at www.dcunited.com need to quickly change the picture of the supporters shield in front of empty seats.

Posted by: David | October 15, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

To be clear, I'm not as interested in devaluing the MLS Cup, as I am in promoting the Shield. It doesn't have to be a zero-sum game.

In fact, BSPN would benefit by being able to push the importance of the regular season matchups, something they need to do better anyway...

Posted by: JkR | October 15, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks QuietSider, we have a great group of people that work hard every game on flags, banners, etc. Our reward is watching the team do well.

Posted by: Chico | October 15, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Congrats DCU and its supporters. La Barra Brava, Screaming Eagles, and La Norte should all be proud of what their passion brings to the RFK atmosphere. Now let's go get the Cup!

Posted by: another quiet sider | October 15, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Donde esta Mastodon Juan?

Posted by: silentbob | October 15, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow - what a great job!! Congrats DC United!

Posted by: bristol | October 15, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The Supporters Shield picture on the website has been changed.

Thanks for listening, DC United folks.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 15, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but when you go to the actual press release, the empty-seats photo is still there.

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