LA Galaxy need to win the final game of the regular season to take out this season's Supporters' Shield. The Galaxy had the perfect opportunity to stitch up the title ahead of time when they took on Colorado Rapids at the Home Depot Center on Saturday but fell 3-1 to the visitors in a disappointing showing.
Captain Landon Donovan said it would have been nice to get the victory required to finish at the summit of the MLS table but will now have to face up to FC Dallas at home next week as second-placed Real Salt Lake, who are just a point behind, are away at Colorado.
"We wanted to celebrate [Saturday] and we wanted to have next week to relax a little bit but maybe it will keep us sharp. We don't have the ability to rest and relax; we have to keep going," Donovan said.
Donovan thought his side were performing well until the Rapids canceled out Edson Buddle's opener before falling away and conceding two more goals to allow the visitors to claim all three points.
"Until they scored I thought we played really well," added Donovan. "They had nothing and then they get a lucky goal. That kind of turns the game. That's difficult.
"We are bummed out, but we still control our own destiny and next week means everything."