Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Unrealized Non-Regular Season MLS Matchups

MLS teams have played each other many, many times outside of the regular season. Mostly through the playoffs and the US Open Cup, but also in the Champions League and the Superliga. What I sought to find out was, which matchups have not yet occurred outside of the "league" (regular season)?

One such matchup that will happen in two weeks for the first time is Chivas USA vs New England in the Superliga. Unfortunately, the geographical pairings in the Open Cup and the separation of conferences in the playoffs means that some teams will rarely get the chance to meet in one of those competitions. That's why it's exciting when we get to such a matchup. Who will be the first team to play all others?

The very first non-league matchup between MLS teams was the 1996 Open Cup quarterfinal between Colorado and Kansas City on September 15th of that year. The Rapids won 3-2 away with two goals from Chris Henderson.

Here's a complete list of who each team has yet to meet:

CHICAGO

Chivas USA
Houston
Real Salt Lake
Toronto


CHIVAS USA

Chicago
Colorado
Columbus
Dallas
DC United
New England
New York
Real Salt Lake
San Jose
Toronto


COLORADO

Chivas USA
Columbus
New England
New York
San Jose
Toronto


COLUMBUS

Chivas USA
Colorado
Houston
Toronto


DALLAS

Chivas USA
Real Salt Lake
San Jose
Toronto


DC UNITED

Chivas USA
Real Salt Lake
San Jose
Toronto


HOUSTON

Chicago
Columbus
New York
Real Salt Lake
San Jose
Toronto


KANSAS CITY

New England
New York
Toronto


LOS ANGELES

Real Salt Lake
Toronto


NEW ENGLAND

Chivas USA
Colorado
Kansas City
Real Salt Lake
San Jose
Toronto


NEW YORK

Chivas USA
Colorado
Houston
Kansas City
Real Salt Lake
San Jose
Toronto


REAL SALT LAKE

Chicago
Chivas USA
Dallas
DC United
Houston
Los Angeles
New England
New York
Toronto


SAN JOSE

Chivas USA
Colorado
Dallas
DC United
Houston
New England
New York
Toronto


TORONTO


Chicago
Chivas USA
Colorado
Columbus
Dallas
DC United
Houston
Kansas City
Los Angeles
New England
New York
Real Salt Lake
San Jose


Former Teams

Not counting matchups that couldn't occur:

Miami never played COL, DAL, LA, NE, or TB.
Tampa Bay never played CHI, DAL, KC, MIA, NE, or SJ.

Comments on "Unrealized Non-Regular Season MLS Matchups"

 

Anonymous Dan said ... (12:20 PM, July 18, 2008) : 

Can anyone complete this cycle before Toronto qualifies for the Superliga or the CONCACAF tournament?

It will probably take Toronto decades to complete this, even given a TFC dynasty.

 

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