MINNEAPOLIS - Josef Martinez had three goals, Miguel Almiron scored twice and Atlanta United spoiled fellow expansion club Minnesota United's snowy home opener with a 6-1 victory Sunday.
Jacob Peterson scored the last goal for Atlanta, which joined MLS this season with Minnesota for the league's 21st and 22 teams. Atlanta was coming off a 2-1 home loss to the New York Red Bulls in its opener.
Atlanta built its side more aggressively than the long-term approach Minnesota took. The difference was clear, unlike the weather. A bright orange ball was used for better visibility, and there were multiple stoppages in play so the lines could be cleared with blowers.
The announced crowd at TCF Bank Stadium was 35,043. According to Minnesota United, that is the largest crowd at a soccer match in the state since the Minnesota Strikers played the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1984 with a crowd of 52,621.
"The results so far? Not so great. However, being here in the snow it couldn't be more fitting for Minnesota," said David Vinje.
Jerry Holby of Minneapolis added, "Everybody will remember this, that's for sure."
Kevin Molino scored for the Loons. They lost 5-1 at Portland last week in their opener.
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