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Galaxy eyes Supporters' Shield against New York

Oct 3, 2011 - 7:28 PM Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy can clinch the Supporters' Shield on Tuesday with a win over Red Bull New York. But according to defender Todd Dunivant, the team is already looking toward the postseason.

"It's been a good season. But our eyes are kind of focused on the postseason," Dunivant said. "We obviously want to close out the Supporters' Shield and advance in CONCACAF, but once we do that, we know that the big prize in where you make your living in this league, in the playoffs."

The Galaxy is on the verge of clinching the Supporters' Shield thanks to a 2-1 comeback win over Real Salt Lake this past weekend that saw the club score a pair of goals in the second half to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit.

Los Angeles enters Tuesday's match on a four-game winning streak, and is in a much different position than its opponents.

While the Galaxy is coasting into the postseason on a good run of form, New York is struggling just to keep its head above water.

The Red Bulls needed a goal in the final minutes from Thierry Henry just to claim a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC last time out. And according to the Frenchman, the game had the feel of one that might get away.

"You kind of feel like it wasn't going to be your day because we had so many chances - we had at least two or three clear-cut chances," Henry said following the match. "So you're like 'Can we put one in the back of the net at least and try to get at least a point?' I do think we deserved a point."

New York may have deserved its point but the club needs to start collecting them three at a time to ensure itself of a spot in the playoffs.

Head coach Hans Backe has seen his side win only two of its last seven games and his team enters Tuesday's match level on 40 points with the Portland Timbers for the final playoff spot in MLS.

New York will have two more games to play after Tuesday night's match, but both will come against playoff hopefuls in Sporting Kansas City and Philadelphia.

The Red Bulls were expected to be competing for the Supporters' Shield at this point in the season, not fighting for their playoff lives.

But it is the Galaxy, not New York, that is eyeing the prize on Tuesday.