MLS rivalry cups

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In Major League Soccer, several teams annually compete for secondary rivalry cups that are usually contested by only two 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.

Summary of rivalry cups[edit]

Derby Name Most Wins Titles Other Club(s) Titles Recent winner
Atlantic Cup D.C. United 12 New York Red Bulls 6 New York Red Bulls
Brimstone Cup FC Dallas 7 Chicago Fire 2 Chicago
California Clásico LA Galaxy 11 San Jose Earthquakes 5 LA Galaxy
Cascadia Cup Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4 Portland Timbers
Seattle Sounders FC
3
3
Vancouver
Heritage Cup Seattle Sounders FC 3 San Jose Earthquakes 2 Seattle
Pioneer Cup FC Dallas 2 Columbus Crew 2 Columbus
SuperClasico LA Galaxy 6 Chivas USA 1 LA Galaxy
Rocky Mountain Cup Real Salt Lake 7 Colorado Rapids 3 Salt Lake
Texas Derby Houston Dynamo 5 FC Dallas 4 Dallas
Trillium Cup Columbus Crew 4 Toronto FC 2 Columbus
401 Derby Toronto FC 5 Montreal Impact 4 Montreal

* Cascadia Cup titles include those won by USL franchises prior to MLS expansion into the Pacific Northwest.

Rivalry cups[edit]

Competition Established Teams Series Wins Years Won
Atlantic Cup 2002 D.C. United 8 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
New York Red Bulls 4 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013
Brimstone Cup 2001 Chicago Fire 3 2001, 2012, 2013
FC Dallas 8 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
California Clásico 1996 Los Angeles Galaxy 11 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
San Jose Earthquakes 5 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2012
Cascadia Cup 2011* Portland Timbers 1 2012
Seattle Sounders FC 1 2011
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 2013
Heritage Cup 2009 San Jose Earthquakes 2 2009, 2012
Seattle Sounders FC 3 2010, 2011, 2013
SuperClasico 2005 C.D. Chivas USA 1 2007
Los Angeles Galaxy 7 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup 2007 Columbus Crew 3 2007, 2012, 2013
FC Dallas 2 2010, 2011
Rocky Mountain Cup 2005 Colorado Rapids 3 2005, 2006, 2013
Real Salt Lake 7 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
Texas Derby 2006 FC Dallas 4 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
Houston Dynamo 5 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012
Trillium Cup 2008 Columbus Crew 5 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Toronto FC 2 2011, 2014
401 Derby 2012 Montreal Impact 1 2013
Toronto FC 2 2012
Notes
* The Cascadia Cup was founded in 2004 and contested by clubs outside of MLS (in North American Division 2 soccer). 2011 represents the year MLS teams began competition.