It's on! Rivalries heat up MLS again in 2012

Portland vs. Seattle

Photo Credit: 
Getty Images

From coast to coast and venturing north of the border into Canada, MLS has made good on its desire to maximize the matchups that bring another level of pride to playing field.

The 2012 season will pile even more fervor on top of the smoldering rivalries that mark MLS calendars from March to October. The Cascadia Cup, which muscled its way to the top of the heap in 2011, enters its second go-around in MLS this year and matchups such as the Rocky Mountain Cup, the SuperClásico, California Clásico, the Trillium Cup and the I-95 rivalries aren’t far behind in passion, either.

CHECK OUT THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE

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.

Cascadia Cup

Saturday, May 19 – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 4 pm

Saturday, May 26 – Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 10 pm

Sunday, June 24 – Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 5 pm (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com)

Saturday, August 18 – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 4 pm

Saturday, August 25 – Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 10:30 pm

Saturday, Sept. 15 – Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 3:30 pm (NBC)

Saturday, Sept. 29 – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 9 pm (NBC Sports)

Sunday, Oct. 7 – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers, 9 pm (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com)

Saturday, Oct. 20 – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers, 4 pm

I-95 Corridor

Saturday, April 14 – New England Revolution vs. D.C. United, 4 pm

Sunday, April 22 – D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls, 6 pm (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com)

Saturday, April 28 – New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, 3:30 pm (NBC Sports)

Sunday, May 13 – Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls, 1:30 pm (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com)

Saturday, May 26 – D.C. United vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 16 – Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United, 7 pm (Galavisión)

Sunday, June 24 – New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United, 7 pm (NBC, NBC Sports)

Saturday, July 8 – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls, 7 pm (Galavisión)

Saturday, July 21 – New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union, 2:30 pm (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com)

Sunday, July 29 – Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution, 7 pm (NBC Sports)

Sunday, August 19 – D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union, 5 pm (NBC Sports)

Wednesday, August 29 – D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls, 8 pm (Galavisión)

Saturday, Sept. 1 – New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Sept. 15 – D.C. United vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 pm

Thursday, Sept. 20 – Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United, 8 p.m. (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com)

Saturday, Sept. 22 – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 pm

Saturday, Oct. 6 – Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution, 7 pm

Saturday, Oct. 27 – Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls, 1:30 pm(NBC)

SuperClásico

Saturday, May 19 – Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy, 10:30 pm (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3.com)

Saturday, July 21 – LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA, 10 pm (Galavisión)

Sunday, August 12 – Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy, 11 pm (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3.com)

California Clásico

Wednesday, May 23 – LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30 pm

Saturday, June 30 – San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy, 10 pm (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3.com)

Sunday, Oct. 21 – San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy, 7 pm (Galavisión)

Rocky Mountain Cup

Saturday, April 7 – Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids, 9 pm

Saturday, July 21 – Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids, 10 pm

Saturday, August 4 – Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake, 9 pm

El Capitán

Saturday, June 16 – Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas, 5 pm (ESPN2, Deportes, ESPN3.com)

Battle for Canada

Saturday, March 10 - Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact, 6 pm

Saturday, April 7 – Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC, 1 pm

Wednesday, June 27 – Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, July 11 – Toronto FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 7 pm

Saturday, Oct. 20 – Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact, 2 pm

Trillium Cup

Saturday, March 31 – Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew, 2 pm

Saturday, August 11 – Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 pm

Sunday, Oct. 28 – Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew, 2 pm


To report a comment, mouseover or touch the comment and then click/touch the flag icon (Flag).