Everything is Coming Up Red Bulls

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Bulls will need some help to win the Supporters' Shield. They got some help last night.

The Red Bulls did themselves no favors last weekend by dropping points to the New England Revolution.

If they were going to win the Supporters' Shield, they'd need help anyway, but the 2-2 draw to the Revs ensured they'd need a lot of it, starting in Wednesday's mid-week games.

Well, looks like they got it.

Sporting Kansas City started on 51 points and a game in hand on the Red Bulls. A win against the Houston Dynamo in Texas leapfrogs them over the Red Bulls to the top of the East, and the top of the table, too.

Instead, the two teams played to a boring draw, Sporting only got a point, and their game in hand went up in smoke.

The other game had a bit more riding on it. Ever since the Red Bulls started threatening to win the Shield, the Seattle Sounders have always been the team with the best chance at catching them. They were hot, they just acquired Clint Dempsey and, most importantly, they had two games in hand. No matter how big a lead the Red Bulls built, the games in hand always kept the Sounders within striking distance.

They couldn't close the deal against the Colorado Rapids last week, and this week things didn't get any easier.

The Vancouver Whitecaps did something seldom done this season, go into Seattle and leave with three points.

The game was huge for the Whitecaps who are fighting for a playoff spot, and with the Rapids losing to the San Jose Earthquakes, the Whitecaps are back in the thick of things in the West. The Caps and their fans owe no small thanks to Kekuta Manneh, who scored a hat trick in less than an hour.

The win was just as big for the Red Bulls. The Manneh and the Caps handing the Sounders their second straight loss leaves the Seattle side 0-2-2 in their last four. They've lost the steam that had many penciling them into the MLS driver's seat. If they can't pick it up against the Portland Timbers in Portland this weekend, their games in hand won't mean much down the home stretch.

Increasingly, it looks like the Red Bulls just need to hold up their end of the bargain. And it's always better to be the master of your own destiny.

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