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. The Texas Derby is the only MLS rivalry where the winner does not walk away with a cup trophy but instead they play for "El Capitán", a replica 18th century mountain howitzer cannon. Some derbies only contest for bragging rights of rival supporters groups.

Summary

Current

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

Derby name Most wins Titles Other club(s) Titles Recent winner
Atlantic CupD.C. United13New York Red Bulls11New York Red Bulls
Brimstone CupFC Dallas13Chicago Fire FC9Chicago
California ClásicoLA Galaxy14San Jose Earthquakes8San Jose
Canadian ClassiqueToronto FC6Montreal Impact2Toronto
Cascadia Cup*Seattle Sounders FC4Vancouver Whitecaps FC3Seattle
Portland Timbers2
El TráficoLA Galaxy2[1]Los Angeles FC0LA Galaxy
Hell Is Real Derby**Columbus Crew SC1FC Cincinnati0Columbus
Heritage CupSeattle Sounders FC7San Jose Earthquakes4Seattle
Hudson River DerbyNew York Red Bulls4New York City FC1New York Red Bulls
Pioneer CupColumbus Crew SC9FC Dallas2Columbus
Rocky Mountain CupReal Salt Lake11Colorado Rapids4Real Salt Lake
Texas DerbyHouston Dynamo7FC Dallas7Dallas
Trillium CupColumbus Crew SC7Toronto FC5Toronto

* Cascadia Cup existed prior to the creation of MLS franchises for Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.
** The Hell Is Real Derby existed prior to FC Cincinnati joining MLS.

Former

Derby name Most wins Titles Other club(s) Titles Last winner
Florida Derby**Miami Fusion2Tampa Bay Mutiny2Miami (2001)
SuperClasicoLA Galaxy9Chivas USA1LA Galaxy (2014)

** Florida Derby existed prior to creation of MLS franchises for Tampa Bay and Miami, and after teams left MLS in 2001.[2]

Rivalry cups

Competition Established Teams Series Wins Years won
Atlantic Cup 1996 D.C. United 13 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016
New York Red Bulls 11 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
Brimstone Cup 2001 Chicago Fire 7 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019
FC Dallas 10 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2018
California Clásico 1996 LA Galaxy 14 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
San Jose Earthquakes 8 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019
Canadian Classique 2012 Montreal Impact 2 2013, 2018
Toronto FC 6 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Cascadia Cup 2011[lower-alpha 1] Portland Timbers 2 2012, 2017
Seattle Sounders FC 4 2011, 2015, 2018, 2019
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 2013, 2014, 2016
El Tráfico 2018 LA Galaxy 2 2018, 2019
Los Angeles FC 0
Florida Derby
(MLS years)
1998[lower-alpha 2] Miami Fusion 2 2000, 2001
Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 1998, 1999
Hell Is Real Derby
(MLS years)
2019[lower-alpha 3] Columbus Crew SC 1 2019
FC Cincinnati 0
Heritage Cup 2009 San Jose Earthquakes 4 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
Seattle Sounders FC 7 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Hudson River Derby 2015 New York Red Bulls 4 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
New York City FC 1 2017
SuperClasico 2005[lower-alpha 4] Chivas USA 1 2007
LA Galaxy 9 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup 2007 Columbus Crew 8 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
FC Dallas 3 2010, 2011, 2015
Rocky Mountain Cup 2005 Colorado Rapids 4 2005, 2006, 2013, 2015
Real Salt Lake 11 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Texas Derby 2006 FC Dallas 7 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
Houston Dynamo 7 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017
Trillium Cup 2008 Columbus Crew 7 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018
Toronto FC 5 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
Notes
  1. 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.
  2. The Florida Derby originated in 1977[3] and has been contested for most of its history by Division 1 and 2 soccer clubs outside MLS.[4] The years 1998–2001 represent the only era in which MLS teams participated.[2]
  3. The Hell Is Real Derby was established in 2017 when FC Cincinnati was still a member of the league now known as the USL Championship.[5] 2019 represents the year when the clubs first met as MLS teams.
  4. The SuperClasico ended in 2014 due to the folding of Chivas USA

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