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FC Dallas clinches the 2016 Supporters’ Shield with a 0-0 draw

It wasn’t a pretty game but it was effective enough.

FC Dallas picked up another shutout draw on the road Sunday afternoon as they tied the LA Galaxy 0-0. The result and Colorado’s draw helped clinch the Supporters’ Shield trophy for the league’s best record too.

With the Shield win, FC Dallas will now have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The draw was the first regular season game for FC Dallas after the injury to Mauro Diaz last week. The offense struggled to create chances as a result in a new 4-4-2 formation.

In the first ten minutes, FC Dallas had three corner kicks. The third one in the ninth minute saw Kellyn Acosta send in a curling ball to the middle of the box where it fell to Atiba Harris. The veteran fullback then pegged a shot off the post and out of danger.

Dallas and LA struggled to create any chances after that in the first half but both teams pressed more in the second half. In the 55th minute LA nearly had the game’s first goal on a header from Landon Donovan. The ball was played into the middle of the box where Donovan flicked a header just wide of Chris Seitz’s far post.

FCD charged back moments later with a good chance of their own as Acosta played the ball wide to Michael Barrios. The Colombian dummied the ball to the run of Carlos Gruezo who fired off a shot from 22 yards out straight at keeper Brain Rowe.

Neither side pushed much for a goal in the last 30 minutes of the game as both teams traded subs.

Now that the regular season is over, FC Dallas heads into the playoffs where they will await the lowest seed to advance out of the Knockout round in the Western Conference semifinals next Sunday.