Photos from a soccer match in the snow are so good that Google thinks one of a frozen referee is a watercolor painting

  • The Colorado Rapids opened the 2019 MLS season against the Portland Timbers in the snow on Saturday.
  • The match, dubbed the “Snow Clasico,” ended in a 3-3 draw – but it led to some amazing photos.
  • The best of the bunch was a photo taken by Bart Young of a frozen assistant referee.

Major League Soccer opened the 2019 season over the weekend, and as the snow picked up during a match on Saturday between the Colorado Rapids and the Portland Timbers at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, it led to some wild photos.

The best of the bunch was this one by the photographer Bart Young of a frozen assistant referee that was shared on the Colorado Rapids’ Instagram account.

The snow in the hair and the icicles dangling from the eyebrows are like something out of a 1970s NFL Films video.

The photo is so good that if you do a reverse search for it, Google thinks it is most likely a watercolor painting.

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The photo of the frozen ref wasn’t the only great one from the match.


Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella looked awfully lonely on the frozen tundra.


The Rapids’ Dillon Serna appeared to be aging right before our eyes.


Tim Howard, the Rapids goalkeeper, looked as if he could have used a toque.

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Here’s a pitch-level view.

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Players became difficult to see, especially on the Timbers side, with white jerseys.


They were forced to use an orange ball, which helped.


The match, which ended in a 3-3 draw, was dubbed the “Snow Clasico.”


Players fought for the ball in the snow.

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Goal celebrations had an extra layer.


If you made sure to bundle up in about 17 layers, it looked like a blast and a heckuva way to start the season.


And things looked quite serene long after the players and supporters left.

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