*Staggering Seattle fell short of the MLS finish line Saturday, missing their three leading scorers, falling 2-0 to the Philadelphia Union and handing the Galaxy their second straight Supporters’ Shield.
The title capture was all but inevitable anyway for the Galaxy, who may have finished the season tired and depleted, but they outlasted the rest of MLS to make Sunday’s penultimate game of the season against Chivas USA in Carson a coronation rather than confirmation of the rightful MLS champions.
What do they get for their efforts? Home field advantage throughout the playoffs and an automatic berth in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League.
The 18-4-10 Galaxy are the third successive club to win back to back regular season titles and are now just four points shy of setting an MLS record for most points in a season.
*At a minimum the U.S. had to finally win its first game under Jugen Klinsmann Saturday against CONCACAF rival Honduras.
*Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is still struggling with the injury he had picked up before even going on international duty with Ireland.