Is the West the best?
Through 13 weeks of the regular season, and taking into account recent form, it certainly appears that way.
Toronto loses at home to San Jose. The Eastern rut reaches 13 consecutive matches: 11 defeats and 2 draws vs. Western teams.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) May 27, 2019
In Week 13, the West went 6-0-1 in those meetings. In fact, the New York Red Bulls were the only Eastern Conference team to pick up three points as their 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati moved them into third place in the East.
Perhaps because of their struggles against the West, the East is very much up for grabs with five teams separated by just five points, with D.C. United leading the way with 25 points.
In the Supporters’ Shield standings, which LAFC are running away with, the top three teams (LAFC, Seattle and LA Galaxy) are from the Western Conference and when you add in the Houston Dynamo (6th) and Minnesota United (8th), it’s five of the top eight.
This hasn’t been a season-long trend, though. On May 11, the East won four of the five matchups against the West and the Western lead for 2019 is currently just 31-22-11.
Will the West continue their recent dominance, or will the East bounce back? There’s nine cross-conference meetings on tap in Week 14.