The Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United played in one of the coldest games in Major League Soccer history Saturday night, with Atlanta coming out on top 1-0.
The temperature at TCF Bank Stadium was 22 degrees at kickoff and it dropped to 16 by the time the game end, not to mention 10-20 mph winds that made it feel even colder.
“I couldn’t really feel anything. So I was just trying to be an active body in the box," said Minnesota's Christian Ramirez, vai MLSSoccer.com.
It wasn't the coldest game ever, as Atlanta's Michael Parkhurst said, and actually it wasn't nearly as cold as the record-setting game from Feb. 20, 2018 when it was 3 degrees with a wind chill of -16 degrees at kickoff between the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC.
Atlanta goalie Brad Guzan said they "couldn't feel our faces" but it was worth it to get the 3 points in the standings.
Prior to the game in Colorado in February, the coldest game in MLS history was set Mar. 12, 2017 when it was 19 degrees in Minnesota. Atlanta was the United's opponent in that game as well.
Minnesota had just 3 shots on goal the entire night and lost 1-0, with the only goal coming when captain Francisco Calvo scored on his own goal on an Atlanta corner kick.
After the game Calvo was furious, and according to the Pioneer Press he called out Major League Soccer, saying they give more respect and attention to Atlanta and Los Angeles' expansion team than they do Minnesota.