Austin FC were dreaming of the Supporters’ Shield just weeks ago, but now their place in the top two is under serious threat.
Back on 26 August, the Verde and Black demolished then run-away league-leaders LAFC 4-1 at Q2 Stadium.
Since then though, Josh Wolff’s side have suffered three successive defeats, beaten 2-1 by Portland before back-to-back 3-0 road defeats in Nashville and then Seattle.
Austin had only lost one of their first 28 matches this season by multiple goals, but have now been battered twice in a week.
The Texans do remain second in the Western Conference, but have cross-state rivals FC Dallas just two points behind.
Back at home, will the Verde and Black get back to winning ways?
Real Salt Lake meantime ended the weekend in the final play-off place, but have work to do if they’re to remain there come the conclusion of Decision Day.
The Claret and Cobalt were, frustratingly, held to a goalless draw by the league’s bottom club D.C. United on Saturday.
Pablo Mastroeni’s team put together a four-game unbeaten streak in August, but have failed to win either match since September commenced.
RSL remain seventh in the west, exactly where they finished last season, but with LA Galaxy and Seattle in hot pursuit.
Will Austin make home field advantage count?