This weekend a combination of bad reffing and bad finishing kept the Red Bulls from building a Supporters' Shield lead, suddenly putting the team in the precarious situation of having the lead, but in name only.
Sporting Kansas City, two points off the pace with a game in hand, lose Matt Besler and Graham Zusi. The Seattle Sounders, also sit two points back, but have two games in hand, lose Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson. They do, however, keep Clint Dempsey.
Besler and Zusi will miss this week's mid-week game away to the Houston Dynamo, while Evans and Johnson miss two Sounders games, home to Vancouver and away to Portland.
The other two teams within spitting distance (three points) of the Shield are Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers. While RSL loses Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman, they won't miss any games, and will have three days rest before their next game against the Timbers on Oct. 19. Speaking of the Timbers, they don't lose anyone.
As for the Red Bulls? They'll send David Carney and Tim Cahill to England for a friendly with Canada at Fulham's Craven Cottage. Much like Rimando and Beckerman, neither will miss games. Both Carney and Cahill will have four days rest before the Houston Dynamo game the 20th.