The biggest Hudson River Derby matchup since… 2022? 2018? The Red Bulls are the best they’ve been in years. New York City FC aren’t quite at that level, but they’re starting to turn the corner after stumbling through 2023. Winner jumps into third place in the East.

D.C. didn’t fare well against the Red Bulls midweek, but they’re still one of the better teams in the East and pose an interesting challenge for Inter Miami. They’ve typically handled press-happy teams well, but it’s always fun to dream that effort and grit and moxie and other old-timey buzzwords can overcome a serious talent gap. Speaking of, Lionel Messi is reportedly set to be good to go for this one. I’m not sure who I’d pick to score more between Messi, Luis Suárez and Christian Benteke.

This year’s Rocky Mountain Cup has suddenly turned into a battle between two of the best teams in the West. Real Salt Lake are on top of the conference with 25 points, while the Rapids are tied for the second-most points with 21. The first time these two met, Colorado overcame a 1-0 deficit to pull out a 2-1 win. If they can get a result here, they’ll clinch their first outright Rocky Mountain Cup win since 2013. They’ve won twice on goal differential since then, but, c’mon, let’s be honest with ourselves about the more enjoyable way to win.


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