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50-50 Challenge: RBNY vs. D.C. United

Major League Soccer
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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

2015/2016 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 DC United 13 5 9 44
2 Columbus 11 8 8 41
3 NY Red Bulls 11 6 7 39
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N.Y. Red Bulls vs. D.C. United, MLS's longest rivalry kicks off once again

Signed by United at age 16, Hamid's athletic prowess and studious approach to the game's finer points earned him the 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award.
Sacha Kljestan, left, and the N.Y. Red Bulls host Chris Rolfe and D.C. United in a battle between the Eastern conference's top two teams.

Major League Soccer's rivalry week is back. There are several enticing matches on tap including Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers (5 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN), Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact and San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy but none of them have the history of the league's longest rivalry between the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United. 

To get a sense of why the N.Y. vs. D.C. is still one of the league's best, ESPN FC reached out to Mark Fishkin, a 20-year Red Bulls season ticket holder...

Major League Soccer's rivalry week raises the question of what a rivalry is

LA Galaxy forward Giovani Dos Santos lets loose in an exclusive interview where he professes his love for those adorable little Minions.
Signed by United at age 16, Hamid's athletic prowess and studious approach to the game's finer points earned him the 2014 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award.
Norwegian singing and songwriting duo Nico & Vinz share their thoughts on NYCFC's Mix Diskerud, the growing popularity of the MLS and more.

It's "rivalry week" in MLS again, which once again raises the question of what exactly a rivalry is in this league.

Geography plays a part in creating rivalries, though not usually to the intimate degree that it does in most of Europe. But just as commonly, and maybe problematically, rivalries in MLS are built by the league.

Longtime MLS fans tend to be very suspicious of rivalries that don't feel organic. Many of them, who follow clubs that have been in the league since it began in 1996, have spent...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What is Major League Soccer's best rivalry?

It's Rivalry Week again in MLS, featuring four match-ups in which geographical rivals will go head-to-head:

Aug. 28: San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy (11 p.m. ET)

Aug. 29: Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact (4 p.m. ET)

Aug. 30: Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers (5 p.m. ET, ESPN and WatchESPN)

Aug. 30: New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (7 p.m. ET)

Ahead of these games, we have a question for you:

What is the best rivalry in MLS?

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Between them, San Jose and LA have won MLS Cup seven times.
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In nine previous MLS meetings between the two sides, Toronto has four wins, Montreal has two and there have been three draws.
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Seattle and Portland have met twice already in MLS this season, winning one game apiece.
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New York and D.C. met in last season's playoffs, with the Red Bulls winning 3-2 on aggregate.

What do you think is the best rivalry in MLS? Let us know!

Earthquakes stay hot to beat D.C. while Didier Drogba debuts in Impact's loss

DC United gives up three points at home after a pair of goals by the San Jose Earthquakes.

Chris Wondolowski scored his 12th goal of the season four minutes into the game and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United 2-0 on Saturday.

Coming off a 5-0 win at Sporting Kansas City, the Earthquakes grabbed the lead when Fatai Alashe punched a pass to the right side of the goal box and Wondolowski was able to turn on the ball and right-foot a shot into the bottom of the far corner.

Shea Salinas added his second goal of the year in the 52nd minute.

San Jose had a...