Red Bulls-D.C. United MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals Second Leg Postponed
HARRISON, NJ (Nov. 7, 2012) - Because of heavy snow accumulation tonight, the Eastern Conference Semifinal, second leg match between the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United has been rescheduled by Major League Soccer to Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 PM ET at Red Bull Arena. The game will be broadcast live by NBC Sports Network.
"All the indications we had were for inclement weather, but certainly not a snowfall of this magnitude," said MLS Executive Vice President Nelson Rodriguez. "We did our best to try and stay ahead of [the snowfall], but unfortunately couldn't. In the end, you can't jeopardize the safety of the athletes and the game itself deserves a better field for the magnitude of the game."
"We are obviously extremely disappointed that we were not able to play the match. As with any MLS event, the League has the final decision to play or postpone a match and we consulted with them regarding our common concerns surrounding tonight's game extensively. Under very difficult conditions this evening, we attempted to make the pitch as playable and safe as possible, but it was not meant to be due to the heavy snowfall accumulation," said Red Bulls General Manager JérÃ´me de Bontin. "We feel sorry for the fans who made their way out to Red Bull Arena for the match and we are already working on ways to reward them for their unbelievable support and dedication to our club."
Tickets to Wednesday's match will be honored Thursday. Fans with questions may call 877.RB.SOCCER.
As a result of the postponement, the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship has been moved to Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4:00 PM ET on NBC Sports Network.
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