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:
MLS ALTERNATES PLAYOFF DATES FOR D.C. UNITED/NEW YORK RED BULLS DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY
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.