Despite a lackluster performance on the field and downright brutal weather, Minnesota United fans showed up in full force for the expansion team’s home opener.
Fans braved 20 degree weather and a steady snowstorm Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium as the team fell 6-1 to the fellow 2017 MLS newcomer, Atlanta United.
Minnesota United’s temporary stadium lists its capacity at just over 50,000 and the total attendance for the home opener was 35,043. Sure, that figure reflects ticket sales instead of actual butts in seats, but the crowd looked impressive on TV from start to finish.
Defender Vadim Demidov said of the fans, “The supporters were fantastic. They were with us all the time, the whole 90 minutes.”
Unfortunately, the result didn’t equal the fan support.
However, given that the club is still finding its sea legs in Major League Soccer, this is a great starting point for an organization that will surely experience ups and downs during the 2017 season.
Minnesota United will need to weather the storm of 2017 because better years are to come.