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THE PITCH: MLS Heineken® Rivalry Week to Showcase Rivalries

Major League Soccer and upscale beer brand Heineken® celebrate the fifth annual MLS Heineken® Rivalry Week with nine thrilling matches featuring the League’s most heated and historic rivalries airing on ESPN, FOX Sports, Univision’s TUDN and Twitter.

From showcasing the most robust installment of rivalry matchups to creating memorable drinking occasions at both MLS stadiums and Heineken account pubs, Heineken® Rivalry Week brings together soccer’s passionate fan bases, the league’s oldest foes and newest rivalries for a weeklong celebration of the sport from August 21-25

Nine heated contests will highlight Heineken® Rivalry Week programming featuring some of the biggest stars in the league.

The week kicks off on Wednesday between two of MLS’ most traditional clubs when Wayne Rooney and D.C. United host the New York Red Bulls live on UniMás, TUDN and Twitter.

Historic Cascadia rivals, the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC, cap an ESPN Friday night doubleheader also featuring reigning MLS Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player Josef Martínez and Atlanta United taking on Orlando City SC.

The New York Derby between NYCFC and the New York Red Bulls gets the spotlight on ESPN2 on Saturday in a contest to see whether New York City will be painted red or blue.

An FS1 tripleheader on Sunday will welcome the league’s newest rivalry, brewing the #HellisReal Derby between FC Cincinnati and Columbus Crew SC, for the first Heineken® Rivalry Week match in Cincinnati history.

The week will be capped when the Los Angeles Football Club and LA Galaxy face off in “El Tráfico”, a rivalry that has been a classic since inception with global stars Zlatan Ibrahimović and Carlos Vela already inspiring emotions and providing viral moments.

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