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...
How tightly packed is the race for the playoffs in the Western Conference?
Consider that the Portland Timbers have amassed more points (40) this season than they had at the same stage two years ago, when they won the West and narrowly missed out on the Supporters' Shield yet are somehow still fighting for their playoff lives heading into Sunday's Cascadia Clasico against the archrival Sounders in Seattle (5 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN).
"We're in postseason position, but I can't say we're in a good...
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?
What do you think is the best rivalry in MLS? Let us know!