Sporting's road win over Real Salt Lake is among the all-time snow games in MLS history

Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City got a special treat as they closed out the 2020 regular season on Decision Day presented by AT&T with full dusting of snow covering the field at Rio Tinto Stadium at kickoff. Sporting won by a 2-0 scoreline to seal first place in the Western Conference.

With a temperature of 31 degrees in Sandy, Utah, light snow continued to fall throughout the game as the teams battled away with an orange ball. The snow is not a completely unfamiliar sight to Real Salt Lake, however, with this the third time in four seasons that they have hosted a snow game. While on the previous two occasions RSL got the win, on Sunday it was the visiting SKC that came out on top with the help of an opening goal that owed much to the conditions.  

It is the Colorado Rapids who are the unquestionable kings of the snow game in MLS, however, having hosted more than any other team in league history. Snow hasn't proven to be a particularly strong factor one way or another for Colorado, though. They've posted a 3-2-1 record in the six games they've hosted so far.

All-time MLS snow games (home team listed first): 

  • April 30, 2005 – Colorado Rapids 1, MetroStars 3
  • April 3, 2011 – Colorado Rapids 4, D.C. United 1
  • May 28, 2011 – Toronto FC 2, Philadelphia Union 6
  • November 8, 2012 – NY Red Bulls 0, D.C. United 1
  • March 16, 2013 – NY Red Bulls 0, D.C. United 0
  • March 22, 2014 – Colorado Rapids 2, Portland Timbers 0
  • May 11, 2014 – Colorado Rapids 1, Chivas USA 3
  • April 16, 2016 – Colorado Rapids 2, NY Red Bulls 1
  • March 12, 2017 – Minnesota United 1, Atlanta United 6
  • April 8, 2017 – Real Salt Lake 3, Vancouver Whitecaps 0
  • March 17, 2018 – D.C. United 2, Houston Dynamo 2
  • March 17, 2018 – Real Salt Lake 1, New York Red Bulls 0
  • March 2, 2019 – Colorado Rapids 3, Portland Timbers 3
  • November 8, 2020 — Real Salt Lake 0, Sporting Kansas City 2