For those of you that follow records, even in fledgling leagues like the MLS, here is one for you: DC United is the first team in MLS history to win the Supporter’s Shield two years on the trot – or in a row if you like. And if you really need it spelled out, it means they were the best team in the league without actually winning the MLS Cup.
This impressive feat is on the back of 16 wins, 7 losses and 7 ties, wherein they amassed an impressive 55 points, 2 points ahead of Chivas USA – the other LA team. Also league debutante, Luciano Emilio bagged the Golden Boot for most goals in a season at 20. Not bad for a first season in the league. And of course good things always come in threes: United also had a 13 game unbeaten streak. To put it onto real perspective, that is almost half of the season without a loss.
The long and short of it is that United has proven, again, that they are the best team in America. No, they aren’t a Baltimore team, a lot of them aren’t even American, but they are close enough to us to be given a pass. No pun intended.
It also means they get to play the cream of the Central American domestic leagues next season in the CONCACAF Champion’s Cup, something they won in 1997. This year they bowed out to eventual runners up Chivas de Guadalajara.
I cringe to be the one that cries dynasty, but I might have to throw that out there. Just a thought.