Sandy Forces NY/DC Date Change


MLS has issued a press release moving the dates of the Eastern Conference play-off match between New York and DC United.

Football has been unable to escape the tragic effects of Hurricane Sandy.

United will now host the match on November 3rd while the States of New York and New Jersey attempt to begin a recovery from the hurricane.

The return leg will be on November 7.

A statement released by the Red Bulls brought fans up to date on the condition of the stadium:

“Our staff was continually assessing Red Bull Arena overnight and this morning and found only minor, non-structural damage to the facility. In addition, the pitch was fully covered and did not experience flooding. We want to thank our stadium operations and security staff for their tremendous job in preparing for Hurricane Sandy.

Our club is currently in communication with local officials, authorities and Major League Soccer and evaluating our options for Saturday’s playoff game against D.C. United. We hope to provide further information soon.”

Full MLS Release:


New York, NY (October 31, 2012) – In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Major League Soccer has requested second seeded D.C. United and the third seeded New York Red Bulls alternate home dates in their upcoming Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

United will now host the first leg Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET and the Red Bulls will host the return leg of the two-game, total-goal series on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Both matches will be televised to a live national audience by NBC Sports Network.


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Steve is the founder and owner of Prost Amerika. He covered the expansion of MLS soccer in Cascadia at first hand. As Editor in Chief of, he was accredited at the 2014 World Cup Final. He is the former President of the North American Soccer Reporters Association/ Originally from Glasgow, he is a supporter of the Great Glasgow Alternative, Partick Thistle.


    • Usually the side that will have the extra time at home. But total respect for the turnaround Ben Olsen has engineered there in DC.

      • On the other hand scoring first is usually considered an advantage within a game, as the other side is then chasing the game. So perhaps the home side for the first leg holds the edge, if viewed as ‘one game’ played across two legs (and assuming the host of the first leg is likely to hold the lead after 90 minutes). Of course I view this through an SSFC lens, remembering how we were chasing ‘the game’ in the second leg last year against RSL. Truthfully though I’m really not convinced that there is a genuine advantage one way or the other in these series.