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Three draws that defined the league; the rest of the week that was

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Home teams went 4-4-3 +3 in week 9.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

On the road the Portland Timbers twice held the lead, but couldn’t scrape out a win. The 2-2 result by two Supporters’ Shield favorites leaves both somewhat satisfied. FC Dallas fans say it showed resolve. The rest of the league just sees it as an opportunity to catch the favorites.

Orlando City SC did just that. Hosting the hapless Colorado Rapids, the Lions won 2-nil and took over the Shield standings. They are the hottest team in the league and their six wins are twice as many as the Impact, Rapids and Union have. Plus, they just got Kaka back. The East should start worrying, as it’s apparent that Jason Kreis still knows how to coach.

Two other draws encapsulate the league’s action. While Timbers and Toros was a contest at the top of the table, Seattle Sounders vs. New England was a midtable clash, and LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union featured two of the weakest teams in the league. As expected, the Galaxy-Union contest was a boring 0-0. There’s no reason to watch it on MLS Live.

On the other hand, everyone should watch the Sounders-Revolution match. It was tactically entertaining and featured amazing goals and quality saves as the Revs took a three-goal lead before giving it up.

Home winners: TFC 2-0 over Houston. Red Bulls 2-1 over Fire. Sporks 3-0 over RSL

Road Warriors: Vancouver 2-1 over Impact. NYCFC 3-2 over Crew. San Jose 1-nil over Loons. OG United 3-1 over Southern United.

According to 538 the Sounders fell to 4th-most-likely to win MLS Cup and are tied for 5th-most-likely to make the playoffs.

Highlights of the Week

Sebastian Giovinco is slick.

Federico Higuain’s delayed run is perfect.

It’s the pass that makes this Jack Harrison beauty a likely goal of the week.

Check this out

Orlando City’s Wall is pretty cool

How long will Waston’s suspension be?

Why does this keep happening?

Race for the Shield

Orlando City took the top spot in the race for the Shield. Portland, Red Bulls, Sporting and Dallas are in striking distance. Six teams are earning less than a point a game, but there’s no way the Rapids or Union will let someone else take the Wooden Spoon.

Race for the West

The Timbers remain in first. Dallas and Sporting can catch them with a good week. Seattle is again below the red line. Every team but the Rapids would be above the line with a good week.

Next week’s TV games (all times Pacific)

5/6 at Noon the MLS Cup rematch between Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC is on ESPN and ESPN Deportes

5/7 at 10:30 AM Minnesota United hosts Sporting KC on FS1 and Fox Deportes

5/7 at 1 PM New York City FC hosts Atlanta United on Univision and Facebook