MLS Rivalry Cups
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MLS Rivalry Cups

In Major League Soccer, several teams annually compete for secondary rivalry cups that are usually contested by only two teams, with the only exception being the Cascadia Cup, which is contested by three teams. Each cup or trophy is awarded to the eligible team with the better regular season record and are comparable to minor trophies played for in college football rivalries. Most cups are deliberately conceived as local derbies between teams in the same region. Rivalry cups are considered a tradition to most MLS fans and players alike. Out of the ten original MLS teams only three have not competed in these rivalry cups: Sporting K.C., New England Revolution and the defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny. Most newer local derbies such as the 401 Derby and Hudson River Derby are not contested for rivalry cups but instead for bragging rights of rival supporters groups. The only rivalry between two original MLS clubs that do not compete for a cup is the San Jose Earthquakes and the LA Galaxy in the yearly edition of the California Clasico. The Texas Derby are the only MLS cup rivalry games where the winner does not walk away with a cup trophy. Instead, the winner takes home "El Capitán" a replica 18th century mountain howitzer cannon.

Summary

Current

All records reflect wins made when all participating franchises are MLS teams.

* Cascadia Cup existed prior to the creation of MLS franchises for Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.

Former

Derby name Most wins Titles Other club(s) Titles Last winner
Florida Derby** Miami Fusion 2 Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 Miami (2001)
SuperClasico LA Galaxy 6 Chivas USA 1 LA Galaxy (2014)

** Florida Derby existed prior to creation of MLS franchises for Tampa Bay and Miami, and after teams left MLS in 2001.[1]

Rivalry cups

Competition Established Teams Series Wins Years won
Atlantic Cup 2002 D.C. United 10 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016
New York Red Bulls 5 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015
Brimstone Cup 2001 Chicago Fire 5 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
FC Dallas 9 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2016
California Clásico 1996 LA Galaxy 13 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016
San Jose Earthquakes 6 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2015
Cascadia Cup 2011* Portland Timbers 2 2012, 2017
Seattle Sounders FC 2 2011, 2015
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 2013, 2014, 2016
Florida Derby
(MLS years)
1998** Miami Fusion 2 2000, 2001
Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 1998, 1999
Heritage Cup 2009 San Jose Earthquakes 4 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
Seattle Sounders FC 4 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016
Hudson River Derby 2015 New York Red Bulls 2 2015, 2016
New York City FC 1 2017
SuperClasico 2005*** Chivas USA 1 2007
LA Galaxy 9 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup 2007 Columbus Crew 5 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
FC Dallas 3 2010, 2011, 2015
Rocky Mountain Cup 2005 Colorado Rapids 4 2005, 2006, 2013, 2015
Real Salt Lake 8 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016
Texas Derby 2006 FC Dallas 5 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
Houston Dynamo 6 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016
Trillium Cup 2008 Columbus Crew 6 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015
Toronto FC 4 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017
401 Derby 2012 Montreal Impact 1 2013
Toronto FC 3 2012, 2014, 2015
Notes
* The Cascadia Cup was founded in 2004 and contested by clubs outside MLS (in North American Division 2 soccer). 2011 represents the year MLS teams began competition.
** The Florida Derby originated in 1977[2] and has been contested for most of its history by Division 1 and 2 soccer clubs outside MLS.[3] The years 1998-2001 represent the only era in which MLS teams participated.[1]
*** The SuperClasico ended in 2014 due to the folding of Chivas USA

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References


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