The coldest game in MLS history: -7 degrees

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Andre Shinyashiki scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to rally the 10-man Colorado Rapids to a 3-3 draw with the Portland Timbers in the MLS opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at windy and snowy Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

With a temperature of –7 degrees at kickoff and a field covered by snow as the game progressed, MLS have confirmed that Saturday’s season opener was the coldest recorded temperature for a match in league history. The previous mark of -8 degrees was set by Minnesota United’s franchise opener on March 12, 2017.

“I’m from Brazil so growing up, I did not experience this weather, but at [Denver University] there were a couple of times it got this cold, maybe not as snowy as it did here, but definitely this cold I’ve played in before so, just kind of used to it”, Shinyashiki said.

The game was played while snow fell and covered the field. MLS said it was the 13th “snow game” in league history, and six of those have been in Colorado. “It was crazy, it felt like I was back in fifth grade playing tackle football on a snow day, so it didn’t even feel like a real game”, said Rapids midfielder Benny Feilhaber.

More than 12.000 fans

 Despite the conditions, 12.717 fans came out to watch the game. The result was a tie, with each team scoring three goals. With his goal in the first half, Diego Valeri now has seven goals all-time against the Colorado Rapids. That is the most goals the midfielder has scored in the regular season against any MLS opponent. With the draw, Portland is now unbeaten in four straight matches against the Rapids in regular season MLS play going 3-0-1.