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United, Red Bulls set for latest installment of Atlantic Cup rivalry


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Over the years, the D.C. United-New York Red Bulls rivalry has included some of the biggest names — of both players and coaches — in Major League Soccer history. Names like John Harkes, Marco Etcheverry, Luciano Emilio, Alecko Eskandarian, Jaime Moreno, Ben Olsen, Eddie Pope, Earnie Stewart, Mike Petke, Jozy Altidore, Clint Mathis, Juan Pablo Angel, Tab Ramos, Tony Meola, Tim Howard, Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley.

Charlie Davies, Thierry Henry, Rafael Marquez and Dwayne De Rosario will be among those to add their names to Atlantic Cup lore Thursday night when the teams square off at RFK Stadium (8 p.m., ESPN2/ Deportes) in the first of two meetings this season.

New York won the Atlantic Cup for the first time in seven years last season, topping United at RFK, 2-0, and playing D.C. to a scoreless draw at Red Bull Arena. Both teams are coming off impressive 3-0 victories over the weekend, and they are separated by a single point in the league standings through five matches.

Who do you see winning tonight's match? Which rivalry do you think is the league's best?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. While Rafa, DeRo, Roy and Dane wear Red Bull colors, I will cheer for them, lustily. Come June and the Gold Cup, they are my CONCACAF enemies!

  2. Hey, don’t forget about Marquez/Josh Wolff reunion. The last time they played against each other in the WC, Wolff had a goal and an assist after coming off the bench to replace injured Brian McBride and I believe Marquez was thrown out at the end of the game. Dos a cero!

  3. Yep Ream is so fast sitting back there too. Maybe we will get lucky and he might scuff another pass out of the back to CD9?

  4. you must have not been paying attentional lately, Redubull has dominated every game they played this season except vs columbus when the team was depleted. possession game is nothing short of Barcelona to mls teams, they have more than 60 % in every game . DC will have to counter with Charlie and his speed if they hope to win. Rafa tends to push up but even then Ream is always sitting back so DC will be lucky to pull off anything tonight. i say Redbull 2-1


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