Rivalries again take center stage in 2013 MLS schedule

NEW YORK — Whether you’re a Timbers fan hoping to bring the Cascadia Cup home for another year, or a Galaxy supporter set on reclaiming the California Clásico title, the best rivalries of MLS are once again the spotlight on the MLS schedule.

The centerpiece is “Rivalry Week”  in Week 3 of the calendar, featuring eight matches between regional foes. On March 16, NBC and NBC Sports Network will combine to deliver four live games and a special studio show on the day’s action. The week will close with FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo vying for “El Capitán” in their only meeting of the 2013 season. 

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Here’s a look at the most-heated matches of the 2013 MLS schedule (all times are ET): 

Cascadia Cup

Saturday, March 16 – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers, 9 pm (NBCSN)

Saturday, May 18 – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers, TBD (MLS Live)

Saturday, June 8 – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 4 pm (MLS Live)

Saturday, July 6 – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 11 pm (NBCSN)

Saturday, August 3 – Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 11 pm (MLS Live)

Sunday, August 25 – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers, 10 pm (ESPN2)

Sunday, October 6 – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers, TBD (MLS Live)

Wednesday, October 9 – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 10 pm (MLS Live)

Sunday, October 13 – Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 9 pm (ESPN)


I-95 Corridor

Saturday, March 16 – New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United, 12:30 pm (NBC)

Saturday, March 16 – Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution, 6:30 pm (MLS Live)

Saturday, March 30 – New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union, 3:30 pm (NBCSN)

Saturday, April 13 – D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls, 7 pm (MLS Live)

Saturday, April 20 – New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, 3:30 pm (NBCSN)

Sunday, April 21 – D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union, 5 pm (ESPN2)

Saturday, April 27 – New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30 pm (MLS Live)

Saturday, May 11 – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 pm (MLS Live)

Saturday, June 8 – New England Revolution vs. D.C. United, 7:30 pm (MLS Live)

Sunday, June 23 – Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls, 5 pm (ESPN)

Saturday, July 27 – D.C. United vs. New England Revolution, 7 pm (MLS Live)

Saturday, August 10 – Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United, 8 pm (NBCSN)

Saturday, August 17 – New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union, 8 pm (NBCSN)

Sunday, August 25 – New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union, 7:30 pm (MLS Live)

Saturday, August 31 – New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United, 8 pm (NBCSN)

Saturday, September 21 – New England Revolution vs. D.C. United, 7:30 pm (MLS Live)

Saturday, October 5 – New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, 7 pm (MLS Live)

Saturday, October 12 – D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union, 7 pm (MLS Live)


SuperClásico

Sunday, March 17 – LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA, 5 pm (UniMas)

Sunday, June 23 – Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy, 11 pm (UniMas)

Sunday, October 6 – LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA, 5 pm (UniMas)

California Clásico

Saturday, June 29 – San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy, 10:30 pm (MLS Live)

Saturday, August 31 – LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30 pm (MLS Live)

Sunday, October 20 – LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 9 pm (ESPN)


Rocky Mountain Cup

Saturday, March 16 – Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids, 5:30 pm (NBCSN)

Saturday, April 6 – Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake, 3:30 pm (NBCSN)

Saturday, August 3 – Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake, 9 pm (MLS Live)


El Capitán

Sunday, March 17 – FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo, 1 pm (ESPN2)


Battle for Canada

Saturday, March 2 – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC, 6:30 pm (MLS Live)

Saturday, March 16 – Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC, 4 pm (MLS Live)

Wednesday, July 3 – Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact, TBD (MLS Live)

Saturday, September 21 – Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, TBD (MLS Live)

Saturday, October 26 – Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact, TBD (MLS Live)


Trillium Cup

Saturday, May 18 – Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew, TBD (MLS Live)

Saturday, July 27 – Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew, TBD (MLS Live)

Saturday, August 17 – Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 pm (MLS Live)


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