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MLS Recap: Rivalry Week winners

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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

2015/2016 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 DC United 13 5 10 44
2 NY Red Bulls 12 6 7 42
3 Columbus 11 8 8 41
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50-50 Challenge: RBNY vs. D.C. United

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 By Jason Davis

Seattle, San Jose and New York Red Bulls the Rivaly Week winners in MLS

Relive the best moments from the past week in the MLS, including Seattle's victory over Portland, Diego Fagundez's winner for New England and Bradley Wright-Phillips' volley for the New York Red Bulls.

Yes, it's a marketing contrivance on the part of Major League Soccer to lump together a handful of rivalry matches in a single weekend. No, that doesn't mean we have to be cynical about the entertainment on offer.

Once again, Rivalry Week delivered, and this edition had implications for playoff spots, seeding and quite possibly, the Supporters' Shield. These were games that mattered, and not just because the teams facing off didn't like each another.

Portland went down 2-1 to Seattle in a controversial...

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Obafemi Martins leads Sounders to win over Timbers, Red Bulls roll D.C. United

Obafemi Martins and Brad Evans scored for the Seattle Sounders in a 2-1 victory over rivals Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field.

Obafemi Martins scored his 10th goal of the season in the opening minutes, Brad Evans converted a disputed penalty kick just before halftime and the Seattle Sounders beat the Portland Timbers 2-1.

Seattle picked up a second victory of the season over its Cascadia rival, but more importantly got a needed three points in the Western Conference playoff race before a crowd of 64,358, the fourth largest crowd for an MLS game in Sounders' history.

Seattle started the day in seventh place and outside of...

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...