As a Colorado Rapids fan it has long been held that our 'arch-rival' was our neighbors to the west, Real Salt Lake. And it makes a lot of sense when you think about it. They are a mere 525 mile drive along I-80 through Wonderful Wyoming and there are a lot of similarities between Denver and Salt Lake City. So when RSL came into the league, it was really great to have a rival so close to us.
And thus, the Rocky Mountain Cup was born.
But there is something new for Rapids fans to be interested in: The Midwestia Championship.
OK, before you say "John, what the $%&* is that, let me explain a bit. Everyone is aware of the rivalries in Major League Soccer (even the ones that MLS invents for the sake of marketing). The first one that everyone talks about, and for me is the greatest rivalry in our league, is the Cascadia Cup. That little ditty, comprised of Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps has been in play since 2004. You know how it goes, all three teams play each other a certain number of times and the team with the greatest number of points in those derby matches is declared the winner.
So, cool stuff right?
Thus, the birth of a great new Championship: The Midwestia Championship!
There is a lot of great information on the Midwestia Championship website and I invite you to go there and take a look at it and get all the knowledge you may need about it. But the bottom line is this: We have been rivals with FC Dallas, nee Dallas Burn and Sporting Kansas City, nee Kansas City Wizards, nee Kansas City Wiz since the beginning of the league. We have played these teams dozens of times and they are always fun games and it is always a blast to hang with our rival supporters of those teams. This is a good thing. And winning a belt is always awesome.
Here is the updated table of The Midwestia Championship:
|Sporting Kansas City||6||3||2||1||0||7||3||4|
The big takeaway for me in all this is how wonderful the supporters culture in soccer and despite being rivals with Sporting and the Hoops, we can all come together and make this happen. This would never work in the NFL, MLB or NHL as fanbases there *generally* hate each other to the point they cannot coexist in the same room. But in soccer, it is different. And The Midwestia Championship is evidence of this.