From a national perspective, only so many MLS teams are rocking their stadiums and showing off fun talent with highlight style goals.
It’s hard to replicate the aura involved with rivalry matches. But, there needs to be a sufficient amount of marquee matches to rally around from week to week. This is part of what it’s going to take in order for MLS to keep converting U.S. sports fans mired deep in the traditional spectator sports of the NFL, NBA and MLB.
Not every match can be like LA-Portland, Portland-Seattle, LA-Seattle, San Jose-LA or D.C-N.Y.
To see a listing of all the MLS rivalry Cups, click here.
Part of the argument for attracting more of a national audience involves bringing on more teams. It’s hard for sports fans without any connection to MLS to buy-in to watching the league.
Beckham, Donovan and the rivalry matches are the main attractions for MLS, nationally.
MLS is far behind the other sports in national television ratings. Catching up to them could require more ...