MLS Heineken Rivalry Week takes center stage with six nationally televised matches

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The fiercest rivalries in Major League Soccer will be showcased Wednesday through Sunday on ESPN, FS1 and UniMás as 2018 MLS Heineken Rivalry Week takes center stage.

The action begins Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT with another installment of the Hudson River Derby as New York City FC hosts the New York Red Bulls on FS1 in a battle between Eastern Conference contenders.

The Texas Derby serves as Thursday's headliner, with the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas squaring off at 8 p.m. CT. The match will stream live in English on Twitter and air live in Spanish on UniMas.

Friday's ESPN doubleheader begins at 7 p.m. CT when strugglers Orlando City SC welcome Supporters' Shield leaders Atlanta United FC, giving Atlanta forward Josef Martinez the opportunity to break the single-season MLS scoring record with his 28th goal. The third edition of El Trafico will follow at 9:30 p.m. CT as LAFC visits the LA Galaxy in a pivotal showdown at StubHub Center.

The 401 Derby featuring Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact is set for 7 p.m. CT Saturday and will stream live for viewers in the U.S. on ESPN+.

Heineken MLS Rivalry Week concludes with two Sunday night matches on FS1. High-flying D.C. United will travel to face the Red Bulls at 6 p.m. CT before the red-hot Seattle Sounders visit the Portland Timbers in a fight for Cascadia bragging rights.

While Sporting Kansas City doesn't boast a national TV billing this weekend, stakes will be high nonetheless when Minnesota United FC visits Children's Mercy Park on Saturday. Manager Peter Vermes' men will play for a club-record fourth straight shutout victory when they battle the Loons at 7:30 p.m. CT, having defeated Houston, LAFC and Portland earlier this month.

Saturday's Western Conference clash will take place in conjunction with the second annual Sporting Salutes, a comprehensive military appreciation night recognizing the sacrifices of service personnel and their families across all branches of the United States Armed Forces. A limited number of tickets for the highly anticipated matchup are available via SeatGeek.com.

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