Heading into Saturday, October 17th , and the Philadelphia Union are just three points away from tying Toronto FC for the 2020 Supporters’ Shield. However, the Supporters’ Shield foundation announced the trophy will not be awarded this season. The shield, which was created by club supporters, has been awarded since 1998 to the team that finishes at the top of the league’s table.
Below you can see the official tweet from the Supporters’ Shield Foundation:
An announcement from the Supporters' Shield Foundation board: pic.twitter.com/JSF8mmUXFp— Supporters' Shield Foundation (@SupporterShield) October 17, 2020
In past seasons the top regular season club received the top seed in the playoffs and a berth in the Champions League. Major League Soccer has announced that those traditions, along with the bonus, will continue this season. The league also said that while the trophy will not be handed out this season, the “millions of people who follow and support our league, teams and players will always remember the club that finished as 2020 regular season leader.”
As of Saturday afternoon Toronto FC sat in first place with 38 points, while the Union were in second place with 35 points. Columbus and Orlando City are tied for third with 31 points. Rounding out the top five is the team the Union will be playing Monday night, the New England Revolution, who have 28 points.
What are you thoughts on the fact that the Supporters’ Shield will not be handed out this season?