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MLS history: the record is set for coldest kickoff temperatures any Major League Soccer match

Dec 7, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

SKC cold

KANSAS CITY – Saturday’s kickoff for the 18th MLS Cup has already made history as the coldest match ever in MLS. It just also happens to be one of the league’s most important matches ever — the 18th championship.

Today, temperature at kickoff for MLS Cup 2013 was officially recorded at 20 degrees at Sporting Park.

The previous record  for any MLS match, in the regular season or post-season, was set just two weeks ago in the same stadium, here at Sporting Park, where Sporting Kansas City and Houston kicked off in 22 degree temperatures.

The new record low obliterates the old marks for coldest MLS Cup. Games in 1996 in New England), in 1997 in Washington D.C., in 2009 in Seattle and in 2010 in Toronto all kicked off in the low 40s. Toronto was the coldest at 42 degrees.

  1. bnwpnw - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Why are we playing the MLS Cup well into December again? #absurd

  2. the8man - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Not stopping the KC faithful from attending. It’s a full house! I salute Missouri and it’s hearty populace.

    • 260lbman - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM


    • sivart4891 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      Technically they play in Kansas. Living in Kansas City this does matter.

      • sivart4891 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        Just to add there Practice fields and academy are in Missouri.

  3. raingardener01 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    The MLS commish was on at halftime saying that it is only a matter of time before MLS switches to the European schedule. I’m sorry, but I don’t like watching soccer under these conditions. The players are sliding around, the ball is frozen. The beautiful game is not as attractive. I prefer warmer temps and think MLS should run from May 1 to Nov. 30.

  4. hildezero - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    So you’re saying a shorter schedule?

  5. bnwpnw - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    MLS should start its season Mar 1 and end with the MLS cup squarely in the fall.

    Get interest going right after the Super Bowl. Then have interest at a poised-for-playoffs level of intensity before the NFL rolls around again.

    Current schedule: too much NFL overlap and this season’s awkward pauses in the playoff scheduling killed interest late (granted, this observation is anecdotal not scientific). Got so quiet in MLS land there for a while I thought MLS Cup had been misplaced or something.

    There’s little future in going head to head with the NFL, the 800-lb gorilla of US sport (and impossibly, seemingly getting bigger). Meanwhile, the NBA, NHL and MLS all are ripe for fan / interest / $ poaching, albeit for different reasons.

    • bnwpnw - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Last sentence, I meant “MLB” of course, not MLS. (forehead slap)

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