March 12th was a historic day for numerous reasons. Minnesota United, longtime members of the North American Soccer League, played their home opener in their inaugural Major League Soccer season against fellow expansion team Atlanta United. It's been a long time coming for MNUFC and not an easy journey by any means. Vikings' ownership was pushing hard for an MLS expansion bid, showcasing how a game would look in US Bank Stadium while MNUFC ownership fought for their team's right to move up, being the established team while having plans to build a stadium dedicated to soccer. Minnesota United's patience and dedication was rewarded and here we are, MLS has come to Minnesota.
Since MNUFC's stadium has yet to be built, their home games are being played at TCF Bank Stadium, home of Gopher football. And as you can see from the header image, Minnesota decided to give a frigid welcome to the new teams. I'm a firm believer in sports being played outside because it's pure to me. I think Sunday would've been the only exception where I would be ok with this game being played indoors. Snow was piling up on my camera/lens so I was constantly cleaning it off and it was coming down so thick that my autofocus was all over the place. I was using my Canon 7D as my main body and I am not a fan of the AF system. Couple this in with the thick snow and you get results like this:
It was a nightmare to shoot even though it cleared up a little in the 2nd half. I've shot in inclement weather before such as heavy rain but this was on a whole different level. It was so thick that even zoomed in on my photos I couldn't tell if things were soft or sharp. Struggle city.
Heading to Chicago this weekend and then it's back to some hockey. See you then!
Canon 1D Mark II