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There will be no Supporters Shield-hopes article this week, just a series of facts

Instead, you get this: a series of facts relevant to matches Real Salt Lake will play this weekend.

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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?