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Coldest match ever between MLS teams: Toronto ices Colorado

Feb 20, 2018; Commerce City, CO, USA; General view of Colorado Rapids fans bundled up in stands during the first half against the Toronto FC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports ** Usable by SD and OS ONLY **

This is more then pretty cool, it’s ice cold.

The Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC made history Tuesday night, playing in the coldest weather ever for a match between two MLS teams. 

About 1,500 supporters were in the stands in Commerce City, Colo., to cheer on the Rapids in their CONCACAF Champions League series match. To their disappointment, the reigning MLS Cup champions from Canada took a a 2-0 win in the first leg of their series. Jonathan Osorio and Sebastian Giovinco scored second-half goals for the Reds.

But more notable than the outcome of the match was the weather. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature at kickoff was 3 degrees Fahrenheit — but with the wind and other conditions, it actually felt like -16 degrees. Even so, one member of the Rapids’ Centennial 38 supporters group was seen on television wearing shorts before the game.


The 3-degree kickoff temperature would make it the coldest game ever between two MLS teams. It was a cool 19 degrees when Minnesota United played host to Atlanta United on March 12, 2017.

And even though the mercury was 16 degrees lower in Colorado, the Minnesota-Atlanta temperature stands as the official MLS coldest-game-ever record since it was an official league game — and Colorado-Toronto game was in the CONCACAF series.

But there is good news. For the second leg of their series next week in Canada, Colorado and Toronto can reportedly expect a game-time temperature in the 30s.



Temp. (F) Date Match Result Location
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






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