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Top 5 rivalries in Major League Soccer history

The MLS has been nothing short of heated rivalries over the years. Here's a look at the 5 most intense rivalries


The Portland-Seattle rivalry remains as one of the greatest all time
The Portland-Seattle rivalry remains as one of the greatest all time

Since its inception in the year 1995, the Major League Soccer has witnessed some of the top clubs in the US and Canada, play in the American top flight league.

Over the years, cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Portland, Montreal etc. have represented the MLS and with so many big teams being present in the league, football fans have also had the chance to witness some of the most heated rivalries in MLS history over these past few years.

There have been a lot of big rivalries in the history of the Major League Soccer, but only a few of them are worthy of being called the best. Thus, with this, let us take a brief look into the top 5 rivalries in MLS history:


#5 Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC - The 401 Derby

Montreal's Didier Drogba in action against Toronto
Montreal's Didier Drogba in action against Toronto

Montreal Impact and Toronto FC are two of the biggest names in Canadian football history that comprise the biggest derby in the history of Canadian football.

The rivalry between Toronto FC and Montreal Impact is also known as the 401 Derby—a name that interestingly comes from the Ontario Highway 401, which connects both the cities

The 401 Derby is one of the tensest derbies in the history of MLS, despite the rivalry between both these clubs beginning only in 2008. The two teams have faced each other for a total of 39 matches, with Toronto winning 19 of those matches and Montreal having 10 victories to their name.

American striker Jozy Altidore, who represents Toronto, is currently the highest all-time goal-scorer in this derby with 10 goals to his name.

Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco celebrating against Montreal Impact
Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco celebrating against Montreal Impact

Both these teams have been part of some of the most thrilling matches in MLS, but it will be last year’s Eastern Conference that will be remembered by all football fans for a really long time. The two teams shared a 12-goal thriller over the course of two legs and managed to put on one of the most exciting series of all time that saw Toronto come out on top.

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