From coast to coast and deep into the Rocky Mountains, MLS rivalries are always at the center of fervor and fury when MLS fans start marking their calendars.
The 2011 season is no different, as the Cascadia Cup rivlary takes it place among the other biggest fueds in the league, including the Rocky Mountain Cup, the SuperClásico and the I-95 rivalries that stretch from New England all the way to the nation's capital.
Here's a look at of the matches that will make up some of the biggest rivalries in MLS this season. All times are Eastern.
It was an unusual offseason in MLS. Not just because the league added two expansion teams and held five different drafts, but because that led to a reshuffling of rosters that could prove dizzying to the fans.
Stalwarts from seemingly every corner of the league changed addresses. From Juan Pablo Angel to Jimmy Conrad, many of the best and best-loved players in MLS will be plying their trades in a new home.
Here are the regular-season matches to circle on your MLS calendar, according to the editorial staff of MLSsoccer.com:
Jonah Freedman (Managing Editor): Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders, July 10
NEW YORK — Let's get ready to rumble. On national television.
The ESPN networks are set to broadcast 21 MLS regular-season matches in 2011, with a major emphasis on the fiercest rivalries in the league. The Cascadia Cup series in the Pacific Northwest, the Superclásico in Los Angeles, and the always-testy I-95 clashes between the New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, and D.C. United. ESPN2 will also show both bicoastal marquee matchups between the Galaxy and Red Bulls.
Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today its 2011 Major League Soccer regular season schedule. Winners of 12 major domestic and international titles, D.C.
D.C. United announced Thursday that goalkeeper Steve Cronin has suffered a broken left wrist in training and will be sidelined for several weeks during his recovery.
The injury came during a club training session on Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and will not require surgery. Additionally, midfielder Junior Carreiro sprained his left ankle in yesterday’s friendly match against Florida International University. The 19-year-old Brazilian will undergo an MRI upon return to Washington.
Washington, D.C. - D.C. United announced today that goalkeeper Steve Cronin has suffered a broken left wrist in training and will be sidelined for several weeks during his recovery. The injury came during a club training session on Tuesday, February 8 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and will not require surgery. Additionally, midfielder Junior Carreiro sprained his left ankle in yesterday’s friendly match against Florida International University. The 19-year-old Brazilian will undergo an MRI upon return to Washington.
Preseason preparations for the 2011 season continued in earnest this week for D.C. United down in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In the midst of his first preseason as the club’s coach, Ben Olsen hasn’t been taking it easy on his charges.
Difficult challenges lie ahead for Olsen and DC as the start of the season nears. For one, he’s got to find a way to improve the team both offensively and defensively, and in a short amount of time bring together a cohesive and competitive group.
Canada fell 1-0 to Greece Wednesday in an international friendly, though MLS was well represented in the Canadian ranks as Toronto FC’s Dwayne DeRosario and Adrian Cann and D.C. United’s Dejan Jaković all started and went the full 90.
Real Salt Lake’s Will Johnson started and played 82 minutes before being subbed off.
Cann and Jaković formed the Canadian central defense in Stephen Hart’s 4-2-3-1, and he generally kept the Greeks quiet in front of 'keeper Milan Borjan.