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D.C. United boasts most points in MLS after 3-0 victory in Kansas City

MLS Supporters' Shield standings through Aug. 23.
MLS Supporters’ Shield standings through Aug. 23.

Well, there it is. From the fewest victories in an MLS season last year to the top of the heap now, D.C. United leads the Supporters’ Shield race with 5 1/2 of the 7 1/2-month regular season completed. Seattle would overtake DCU with a victory Sunday at Portland. Even if it lasts one day, United will still feel very good about how far it has come.

Reading material: My match report with a few quotes from D.C. United’s 3-0 victory at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.

Next: Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night at StubHub Center, 10:30 p.m. ET (Comcast SportsNet). The Galaxy defeated visiting Vancouver, 2-0, tonight on first-half goals by Landon Donovan and Marcelo Sarvas.

“We knew this week was going to be a very tough week,” midfielder Davy Arnaud said, alluding to last Sunday’s home match against Colorado, the mid-week Champions League game at RFK Stadium and trips to K.C. and L.A. “We were going to have to rely on a lot of different players, which I think is a good thing, and I think we have the squad to do that. We want to enjoy tonight and start focusing on L.A. tomorrow.”

Captain Bobby Boswell: “We have a quick turnaround and have to go to another tough place to play. It’s a huge week for us. If we don’t get results in these other games, this result doesn’t mean anything.”

United will fly to California from Kansas City on Sunday afternoon and train in Carson on Monday and Tuesday. Eddie Johnson, whose starting job is in jeopardy with Fabian Espindola and Luis Silva partnering so well, will meet the squad in L.A. on Sunday after completing his two-game league suspension.

United, Kansas City and Los Angeles are now tied for the fewest goals against (26). D.C. has played 24 games, K.C. 25 and L.A. 23. Last year DCU conceded 59 in 34 games.

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Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.



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Steven Goff · August 23, 2014