The cold in the northern half of the United States wasn't enough to stop two of the hottest performances of MLS Week 2. Atlanta United dismantled Minnesota United's back line for six goals, while New York City FC downed D.C. United with ease in frigid temperatures at Yankee Stadium.
Elsewhere, a Western Conference rookie continued to impress and a few unexpected sides extended their perfect records into Week 3.
A dream start for Atlanta United seemed to be in the cards on Sunday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, but a tactical switch by Jesse Marsch and an equalizer soon after ruined the expansion side's MLS debut.
A Daniel Royer header, and an own goal from Anton Walkes, in the final 15 minutes handed the New York Red Bulls a 2-1 victory on Sunday night.
There is always a little bit of added pressure for a player wearing the No. 10 jersey, soccer's traditional symbol for a team's best or most influential player. That pressure is ramped up a bit, however, when you are the very first one to do so for a team.
One of the best midseason acquisitions of the 2016 season was made by D.C. United, and the club has locked up its star forward to a multi-year contract extension, according to theWashington Post.
Patrick Mullins, who scored eight goals in 14 games after arriving from New York City FC, is expected to lead the line and provide more production in the final third for the Black and Red in his first full season with the club.
Middlesbrough announced on Wednesday that Guzan is set to join Atlanta United at the end of the Premier League season. Middlesbrough also announced that Guzan has signed a multi-year deal with Atlanta United after weeks of speculation regarding a move.
Among all the roster fluctuation taking place at StubHub Center this offseason, one key piece from the 2016 squad is set to receive a new deal for his play since arriving from Belgium. Center back Jelle Van Damme will reportedly start the 2017 season as a Designated Player.
The Portland Timbers appear to have found a replacement for the departed Lucas Melano, one who hopefully produces more in the final third than the disappointing designated player. According to ESPN, Caleb Porter's side is close to a deal with Argentinian midfielder Sebastian Blanco, who is also being hunted by Club America.
As their opening MLS campaigns draw closer, Atlanta United and Minnesota United's future roster moves became a bit clearer on Sunday afternoon.
With the first pick in the MLS Expansion Priority Draft, Atlanta United selected the first choice in the upcoming Expansion Draft, which will see each side select five players from existing MLS rosters.
Gerardo 'Tata' Martino does not know the troubled history of high-profile foreign coaches in MLS, but both he and Atlanta United arelooking for him to be the exception.
Atlanta United appointed Martino as its first head coach on Tuesday, making the veteran Argentine the person in charge of leading the fledgling club on the field during its upcoming expansion season in 2017.
Following weeks of reports, Atlanta United finally got their man.
Atlanta United announced on Tuesday that the club has hired former Barcelona and Argentina manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as the club's first head coach. Martino most recently took charge ofLa Albicelesteat this past summer's Copa American before resigning following Argentina's penalty kick loss to Chile in the tournament finale.
Atlanta United received some positive news in their managerial search ahead of their inaugural 2017 season.
Spanish site AS is reportingthat Gerardo 'Tata' Martino has turned down an offer from Club America to continue negotiations to take charge of the new MLS team. America has been searching for a new manager since dismissingIgnacio Ambríz several weeks ago, but will have to look elsewhere as Martino appears to prefertaking over the upcoming MLS team.
Kenwyne Jones used to compete against Carlos Bocanegra. Now, he will be playing for him.
Atlanta United announced on Friday that it has signed Jones, the 31-year-old striker who serves as captain for Trinidad & Tobago. Jones will officially jointhe expansion clubon Aug. 1, but will go out on loan until January ahead of its debut season in MLS next year.
Atlanta United's Homegrown initiative has begun with the signing a U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team star.
Andrew Carleton was officially announced as Atlanta United's first Homegrown Player on Thursday. The15-year-old midfielder, who resides in Powder Springs, Georgia, will be added to the team'sroster as a Homegrown Player in 2017 after completingHomegrown Player training requirements.
Following Week 7 action in MLS, the team at the top of the standings has reportedly received some bad news.
FC Dallas could be without centerback Matt Hedges for five-to-six weeks due to a torn meniscus. A report claims Hedges started feeling the problem after playing on the Portland Timbers' artificial surface at Providence Park, and the defender then missed FCD's home win against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.
More than one year away from the club's debut, Atlanta United has officially added the club's first-ever player to its roster.
On Monday, Atlanta United announced the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Alexander Tambakis, who previously featured for Greece'sPanathinaikos. Tambakis will spend 2015 with theCharleston Battery, Atlanta United's recently announced USL affiliate.
Atlanta United's home debut will apparently occur much later than originally intended.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionreported on Thursday that the opening ofMercedes-Benz Stadium has been delayed untilJune 1, 2017. As a result, the stadium will not be ready for the first three months of Atlanta United's inaugural MLS season.
Although the MLS Draft has come and gone, the transfer window is still open and a couple of clubs have made some deals.
On Monday, Toronto FC announced the acquisition of 26-year-old goalkeeper Clint Irwin from the Colorado Rapids. The Western Conference club will receive targeted allocation money as well as two MLS Draft picks one in 2016 and one in 2017.
Heading into the 2016 MLS offseason, Toronto FC made a point of patching the club's back line. The club started by adding veteran defender Drew Moor, and that process continued Friday with the signing of a fullback to match.
On Friday, TFC announced that the club had acquired fullback Steven Beitashour from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for the club's second-highest second round pick in the upcoming MLS Draft.
Scratch off another name from the second phase of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.
On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo announced they had re-signed a trio of MLS veterans, including Honduran international Boniek García. The 31-year-old midfielder was set to enter into Thursday's negotiation phase of the Re-Entry Draft, but the Dynamo opted to retain him, as well as midfielder Ricardo Clark and defender Sheanon Williams, back for another year.
On a day when Atlanta United dominated the MLS news cycle, its expansion cousin Minnesota United reportedly made a huge splash.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Minnesota will acquire winger Kevin Molino and goalkeeper Patrick McLean from Orlando City in exchange for $450,000 in general allocation money and $200,000 in targeted allocation money.
While one MLS star was named to Ireland's squad ahead of Euro 2016, a Designated Player could be on his way out with the Chicago Fire.
The Fire are reportedly seeking to buy out Gilberto's contract. The DP has netted just five and added four assists in 19 matches for the Eastern Conference side after being claimed off waivers by the Fire in 2015.
Atlanta United has reportedly begun their search for a head coach and reports are linking the MLS expansion team with two high-profile candidates.
ESPN is reporting that the 2017 expansion side are in talks with former Argentina and Barcelona manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as well as former Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid to take over as head coach for their inaugural season.