In the end, the trophy given to the best team in Major League Soccer throughout the regular season had an anticlimactic ending.
The Columbus Crew won the Supporters' Shield for the second year in a row thanks to a loss by Chivas USA which mathematically rules out the Goats from catching Columbus.
With 29 matches played, Chivas USA sits on 45 points following a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Chicago Fire. With the win, the Fire also move up to 45 points, where it joins the Houston Dynamo and the Los Angeles Galaxy, as well as Chivas.
Columbus, on 49 points, cannot be caught by any of those teams, all with only one match left to play in the MLS season, except Chicago, whose regular season is over.
So, with one game to spare, the Ohioans clinched the 2009 Supporters' Shield.
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