On an MLS weekend chock full of cold-weather games, it was unsurprising to see a new MLS record set: with an official temperature of 19 degrees Farenheit at kick off, Minnesota United's home opener against expansion counterparts Atlanta United became the coldest game on record in MLS history.
The cold, not to mention the heavy snow at TCF Bank Stadium (pictured above), did nothing to slow Atlanta and their contingent of South American stars, who ran away 6-1 winners.
Here's where it stacks up all-time among MLS regular season and playoff games with recorded temperatures:
|19||3/12/2017||Minnesota vs. Atlanta||ATL W 6-1||TCF Bank Stadium|
|20||12/7/2013 (MLS Cup 2013)||Kansas City vs. RSL||D 1-1 (SKC win on PKs)||Children's Mercy Park|
|25||3/26/2011||Toronto vs. Portland||TOR W 2-0||BMO Field|
|28||12/10/2016 (MLS Cup 2016)||Toronto vs. Seattle||D 0-0 (SEA win on PKs)||BMO Field|
|28||3/12/2017||NYCFC vs. D.C. United||NYC W 4-0||Yankee Stadium|
|29||4/7/2007||Colorado vs. D.C.||COL W 2-1||Dick's Sporting Goods Park|
The Atlanta-Minnesota game highlighted an extraordinarily chilly weekend in MLS, which saw four other games that featured below-freezing temperatures, as well as another that registered at just one point above freezing on the mercury.
Here's an overview of the chilly weather that many MLS teams encountered in Week 2 of the 2017 regular season:
|19||Minnesota vs. Atlanta||ATL W 6-1||TCF Bank Stadium|
|28||NYCFC vs. D.C. United||NYC W 4-0||Yankee Stadium|
|30||NY Red Bulls vs. Colorado||NY W 1-0||Red Bull Arena|
|30||Chicago vs. Real Salt Lake||CHI W 2-0||Toyota Park|
|31||Philadelphia vs. Toronto||D 2-2||Talen Energy Stadium|
|33||Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas||D 0-0||Children's Mercy Park|
Note that although the city of Montreal experienced a high of 5 degrees Farenheit on Saturday, their game against Seattle does not make the list owing to the fact that it was played indoors at the Olympic Stadium.