FC Dallas is set to host the 2013 edition of the Brimstone Cup when they welcome the Chicago Fire to town this weekend. The schedule in Major League Soccer these days only allows these two clubs face off once a year. The intensity of this rivalry from the early days in the league has worn off but there is still a sense of pride about this between the fans.
I know some fans feel strongly about this rivalry as it dates back to the days when the club was the Burn. It was a supporters' rivalry from the start after all. But do we even still care about this rivalry?
The Brimstone Cup has lost its allure over the last few years though. It was never a rivalry that MLS forced us to get into like some around the league, most notably the SuperClasico in Los Angeles between the Galaxy and Chivas USA. Most just feel that is a series where LA beats up on their housemates.
This rivalry between Chicago and Dallas is different in the sense that it is one of the older rivalries in MLS. Looking back over the years Dallas has owned this rivalry. Their 20-12-4 record all-time against the Fire speaks for itself. Since 2006, Dallas is 8-2-2 in all meetings against the Windy City club. The Fire did get the better of Dallas in their lone meeting last year, but it is worth pointing out that it came right at the beginning of all the massive injuries that FC Dallas faced during the 2012 season.
I'll admit that I knew about this rivalry back in the early days of the league. I followed it sparingly until I moved to Dallas but over the last couple of years, I've lost interest in caring about this rivalry. I don't welcome new fans of the club by saying they'll hate the Fire like we do with the Dynamo or even to some extent that Rapids or Salt Lake. In a way, it is an after thought.
As the two clubs are set to face off for the only time this season, again I ask, do you still care about this rivalry? Is it time to put it to rest? Or is there a way the two clubs can keep it going as the league continues to expand?