Kevin Hwang, Mark Leach, and Laina Lomina

Solvers were given a 12″ diameter wooden shield and a total of 20 wooden spoons. The shield was etched to have the following pattern on it, with holes halfway between each tick mark:

The spoons had the following images pasted on them, one half on the front and one half on the back:

When matched properly, these images will clue teams in Major League Soccer.

Chicago Fire Chivas USA Colorado Rapids Columbus Crew Dallas Burn
DC United FC Dallas Kansas City Wizards Los Angeles Galaxy MetroStars
Miami Fusion Montreal Impact New England Revolution New York Red Bulls San Jose Clash
San Jose Earthquakes Seattle Sounders FC Tampa Bay Mutiny Toronto FC Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Each one of the named teams has won either the MLS Wooden Spoon or the MLS Supporters’ Shield at least once, and this list is comprised of all teams to have done so. By matching the Spoon and Shield winners by year, you will get the following table:

Year Wooden Spoon Supporters’ Shield
1996 Colorado Rapids Tampa Bay Mutiny
1997 San Jose Clash DC United
1998 New England Revolution Los Angeles Galaxy
1999 MetroStars DC United
2000 San Jose Earthquakes Kansas City Wizards
2001 Tampa Bay Mutiny Miami Fusion
2002 DC United Los Angeles Galaxy
2003 Dallas Burn Chicago Fire
2004 Chicago Fire Columbus Crew
2005 Chivas USA San Jose Earthquakes
2006 Columbus Crew DC United
2007 Toronto FC DC United
2008 San Jose Earthquakes Columbus Crew
2009 New York Red Bulls Columbus Crew
2010 DC United Los Angeles Galaxy
2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Los Angeles Galaxy
2012 Toronto FC San Jose Earthquakes
2013 DC United New York Red Bulls
2014 Montreal Impact Seattle Sounders FC
2015 Chicago Fire New York Red Bulls
2016 Chicago Fire FC Dallas
2017 Los Angeles Galaxy Toronto FC

This gives a forced arrangement around the circle and connections between teams. Teams should insert the spoons into the holes. If teams draw lines connecting the tick marks for each Shield and Spoon winner for each year, they will see this:

When they arrange the letters chronologically from 1996 to 2017 they will get the instruction phrase MAKE A TIFO AND HOIST FOR HQ.

Upon completing the task of creating a tifo display and presenting it to Hunt HQ, they will be given the answer, CONFINED AQUIFER.