The 2017 MLS season opened with 2 new teams: Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United FC. Atlanta opened their inaugural season at home, Bobby Dodd Stadium, on March 5 against the Red Bulls. Atlanta would lose the game 2-1.
Minnesota opened their season with a 5-1 loss to the Portland Timber in Portland's Providence Park. Minnesota would have their inaugural home game at TFC Stadium, Minneapolis against Atlanta United with a 6-1 loss.