MLS 2013, Week 3 preview and fixtures: Two thumbs up for Rivalry Weekend

Steve Dykes

MLS has given us a dream weekend of matches and dubbed it "Rivalry Weekend." Thank you.

It's easy to get excited for the start of the MLS season. It's equally easy for that excitement to wane after a couple weeks.

Enter Rivalry Weekend.

MLS's newest contraption is pure genius. On one weekend, most of the league's best rivalries will take center stage and give everyone a series of great matches. That NBC hopped on board with a triple-header, which includes a game on big NBC, just makes it that much better.

Either the head honchos at the MLS offices are starting to find a groove or they found a nut.

New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United

Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET - NBC

Unfortunately, this time a bus full of supporters won't make the trip to New York, only to have a snowstorm postpone the match. Their sacrifice was worth it for the epic slow motion clips of the snow coming down on the players in warmups.

Pick: Draw, 1-1.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire

Saturday, 3 p.m. ET - NBC Sports Network

"I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win!"

Well, duh, Sporting. You're playing the Fire.

Pick: Kansas City, 2-0.

Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC

Saturday, 4 p.m. ET - MLS Live

Simply supporting TFC isn't enough masochism for nearly 5,000 fans. They want to travel to Montreal and really feel the pain, up close and personal while their rivals point and laugh.

A shot of the supporters' section will accompany the definition of "masochists" in the newest Webster's dictionary.

Pick: Montreal, 2-0.

Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution

Saturday, 5 p.m. ET - MLS Live

A battle of interesting and talented, but not actually good, which is an improvement for both of these teams.

Pick: Draw, 1-1.

Columbus Crew vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ET - MLS Live

Roy Miller doesn't play for the Crew.

Pick: Columbus, 2-1.

Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids

Saturday, 6 p.m. ET - MLS Live

RSL are handing the reigns to Luis Gil and hoping for a dose of creativity from the 19-year-old. The Rapids are hoping and wishing that Martin Rivero gets fit. Somehow, the "pray for the 19-year-old" approach wins out.

Pick: Salt Lake, 2-0.

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers

Saturday, 8 p.m. ET - NBC Sports Network

Important storylines: Tifo, who hates which city more, why Don Garber is a greedy meanie. A soccer match will also be played.

Pick: Seattle, 3-1.

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET - ESPN2

Dallas hates Houston. Houston hates Dallas. Nobody outside of Dallas and Houston cares. It is the Missouri vs. Kansas of MLS.

Pick: Houston, 1-0.

LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA

Sunday, 5 p.m. ET - UniMas

Once the SuperClasico, it was relegated to Clasico when Jesse Marsch stopped trying to break David Beckham's leg. It was relegated to just another match when Chivas, well, Chivas'd.

Pick: LA, 3-1.

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