Instead of a Supporters Shield-hopes piece this week, here are some unannotated, unabridged things to watch this weekend. These are facts, and you can't dispute them. Your reaction is completely up to you.
Western Conference standings
Seattle Sounders, 54 points from 29 games (17 wins, winning tiebreaker)
LA Galaxy, 54 points from 29 games (15 points, losing tiebreaker)
Real Salt Lake, 49 points from 29 games (13 wins)
FC Dallas, 48 points from 30 games (14 wins)
Portland Timbers, 39 points from 29 games (9 wins)
Western Conference matches this weekend to watch
Saturday, 2 p.m., Seattle v. Chivas USA
Saturday, 5 p.m., Vancouver v. Real Salt Lake
Sunday, 6:30 p.m., LA Galaxy v. New York
Number of points between Real Salt Lake and the joint-league leaders
Number of games remaining for the three teams aforementioned
Number of times LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders play each other to end the season
Reasons to get excited?
Some. Maybe. We'll see. Onward, the weekend, shall we?