It’s not a derby or rivalry in the truest sense — one that’s based on geography like El Trafico or the Hudson River Derby. But Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake had some feisty matchups throughout the years, games battled with a ferocity even some derbies can’t match.
The Western Conference foes played in decisive matches in the MLS Cup Playoffs and the U.S. Open Cup and this dramatic showdown served as a precursor to an MLS Cup meeting is on deck for today’s edition of “MLS Classics.”
We head back to Rio Tinto Stadium on a steamy late July night in 2013 where things got heated right off the opening kickoff. There would be seven bookings, one sending off and a very late winner.
As you pull up to the stream, get acquainted with the starting lineups below. Also, there’s the full archive of MLS Classic viewing, including some of the league's most memorable rivalry matchups from May 14–17.