NEW YORK (August, 25, 2015) – Major League Soccer, in partnership with Heineken, is launching this season’s second edition of MLS Heineken Rivalry Week from August 28 through August 30. MLS Heineken Rivalry Week II arrives on the heels of June’s hugely successful slate of games that featured five heated matches and incredible crowds at participating venues including Yankee Stadium and Stanford Stadium.
This week will feature four of Major League Soccer’s most storied rivalries, including rematches of the Cascadia Cup clash between Seattle Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers, the 401 Derby between Toronto FC and Montreal Impact, and the California Clásico featuring the San Jose Earthquakes vs. the LA Galaxy, in addition to the Atlantic Cup between the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United.
As the official beer of MLS and as part of its commitment to bringing fans closer to the game, Heineken and MLS will host viewing parties in select away team cities for the exciting Heineken Rivalry Week matchups, providing a go-to destination to watch the game with fellow supporters. Information about each of the viewing parties can be found below.
Additionally, Heineken has partnered with renowned street artist, Eric Elms, to produce custom digital content in celebration of the second Heineken Rivalry Week. Known for his ties with other reputable brands and infamous street artists alike, Elms’ bespoke work for the Rivalry Week will feature a digital poster that will highlight the marquee match-ups and will go live online in advance of the matches. For more match information visit HeinekenRivalryWeek.com, and to view the custom artwork please follow @HeinekenSoccer on Twitter for more details.
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Heineken Rivalry Week Matchups and Viewing Parties
California Clásico – San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy – Friday, August 28 (11 p.m. ET, UniMás)
The 75th edition of the California Clásico comes to San Jose’s Avaya Stadium for the first time ever in league play on Friday night. When the clubs last met on July 17, LA Galaxy registered the rivalry’s most lopsided win since 2003 with a 5-2 dispatching at the StubHub Center. As the Earthquakes battle for a playoff spot, they’ll host a streaking LA side energized by midseason additions Giovani dos Santos, Steven Gerrard, and Sebastian Lletget.
California Clásico Viewing Party
Where: El Torito (3520 The City Way, The Outlets at Orange, Orange, CA 92868)
When: The California Clásico viewing party kicks off at 7 p.m. PT before the 8 p.m. PT match
401 Derby – Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact – Saturday, August 29 (4 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS2)
Canadian clubs Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact converge at BMO Field for a matinee meeting on Saturday. Both clubs bolstered their attacks by adding world-class strikers since their last meeting – a 3-1 win for the Reds on June 24. Montreal signed global icon Didier Drogba, while Toronto signed former U.S. Men’s National Team regular Hérculez Gómez. With TFC and the Impact holding the fourth and sixth spots on the Eastern Conference table, respectively, the playoff implications in this match could amplify the rivalry to the next level.
Cascadia Cup – Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers – Sunday, August 30 (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, TSN2)
Sunday’s meeting between the Timbers and Sounders FC marks the 94th all-time meeting between the Cascadian cities. The rivalry reached new heights in a June 16 U.S. Open Cup match, when the clubs combined for six yellow cards, three red cards, and two goals after the 100th minute of extra time. There’s more than bragging rights on the line here, however. Both Seattle and Portland are battling with Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the Cascadia Cup – one of Major League Soccer’s most coveted trophies. Sounders FC has a game in hand on both of its regional rivals in and could leapfrog Vancouver for the top spot in the standings with a win.
Cascadia Cup Viewing Party in Portland
Where: The Station (2703 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211)
When: The viewing party kicks off at 1 p.m. PT before the 1:30 p.m. PT game time.
Cascadia Cup Viewing Party in Seattle
Where: The Atlantic Crossing Pub (6508 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115)
When: The viewing party will kick off at 12:30 p.m. PT before the 1:30 p.m. PT game time.
Atlantic Cup – New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United – Sunday, August 30 (7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, TSN2)
MLS Heineken Rivalry Week II culminates with the 82nd Atlantic Cup showdown between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. While D.C. United has occupied the Eastern Conference pole position virtually all season, New York is quickly gaining ground and now sits only five points back with four games in hand. The midseason additions of former English Premier League star Shaun Wright-Phillips and 25-year-old Argentine Gonzalo Verón has sparked Red Bulls to a six-game unbeaten run. This Atlantic Cup meeting could offer a preview of a playoff matchup.
Atlantic Cup Viewing Party
Where: Crystal City Sports Pub (529 23rd St South, Arlington, VA 22202)
When: The viewing party kicks off at 5 p.m. ET before the 7 p.m. ET match