San Jose clinch Supporters' Shield, home-field advantage throughout playoffs
To most observers, it was just a matter of time.
And that time came on Saturday night, as MLS' table-toppers the majority of the season, the San Jose Earthquakes, clinched the Supporters' Shield, awarded to the club with the best regular-season record in MLS.
The Quakes earned the Shield on Saturday by virtue of Sporting Kansas City's draw with the New York Red Bulls. If Sporting KC had won, they would've still been within distance of the Quakes in the Shield standings, and San Jose would've needed a win on Sunday against the LA Galaxy in the final California Clasico of the season in order to secure the Shield.
San Jose have only once before the Supporters' Shield, in 2005, when they ran away with the Western Conference and edged out the New England Revolution for best regular-season record.
The Shield is not the only piece of history the Quakes were in the hunt for. With two matches to play, striker Chris Wondolowski is just two goals behind Roy Lassiter for the single-season scoring record of 27 goals.
He'll get his first chance to edge closer when the Quakes host their Southern California rivals, the Galaxy, on Sunday (7 pm ET, Galavision).