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The Daily Dirt: Recapping the weekend's action

The MLS regular season is winding down.

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We're heading into the final week of the MLS regular season, and there's still plenty to be determined before the playoffs begin. The Supporters' Shield trophy will be claimed a the last possible moment, with New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas both sitting on 57 points after 33 games played. Dallas clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference thanks to a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Sunday, and the Red Bulls earned the top spot in the East with a 4-1 shellacking of Philadelphia Union the same day. New York's win even included the fastest goal in MLS history, scored by Mike Grella after seven seconds.

As it stands, the Red Bulls hold a slight advantage for the trophy that's awarded to the MLS regular season champion. Both teams have 17 wins, but New York's goal differential bests Dallas, 18-12. If the Red Bulls beat Chicago Fire on Sunday, they'll almost certainly win the Shield.

Elsewhere in MLS

Montreal Impact Clinch Playoff Berth after 1-0 win over New England Revolution [Mount Royal Soccer]

The Impact locked up the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with their win over the Revolution. New England still hasn't clinched a postseason berth, but with a three-point lead and eight-goal advantage over No. 7 Orlando City SC, the Revs should feel pretty comfortable.

Earthquakes beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 at Avaya [Center Line Soccer]

Sporting KC could have shut the door on the West playoffs with a win over San Jose, but the Earthquakes' victory gives them a chance. San Jose needs to beat FC Dallas on Sunday — good luck — and hope Seattle Sounders lose, or get the win combined with two losses from Kansas City this week. The odds aren't in the Quakes' favor, but we're telling them there's a chance.


Tottenham 0, Liverpool 0: Mignolet Preserves Draw in Klopp Debut [The Liverpool Offside]

Jurgen Klopp's first game as Liverpool manager proved to be uneventful. But considering The Normal One was missing s few key attacking options, taking a point from in form Spurs at White Heart Lane is a solid result.

Raheem Sterling breaks defenders' ankles, scores 1st-half hat trick for Manchester City [SBN]

Sterling, who left Liverpool for City over the summer, would be a perfect fit in Klopp's pressing system. It seems that he's doing all right with his new club, though.

Juventus 0 - Inter Milan 0: Initial reaction and random observations [Black & White & Read All Over]

Juve's disastrous start to the season continues. The four-time defending Serie A champions sit on just nine points from eight games, good for 14th place in the table. Meanwhile, Inter is in third place with 17 points.

What's happening in the A?

The Hawks finally lost a preseason game, falling at home against the Miami Heat, 101-92. Jeff Teague has been the incumbent starting point guard for a while, but might Dennis Schroder challenge for that role this season?