November 6, 2012
A CHANGE OF TIME?
Backe says playoff game could be postponed, though team says Red Bulls-United still on
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Hans Backe: “I’m a little bit surprised the league [will] stick to an 8:21 kickoff instead of moving it perhaps to 2, 3, 4 p.m. in the afternoon."
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Contrary to their coach’s statements, the Red Bulls' MLS playoff game with D.C. United is still going on as scheduled according to the club.
A team spokesman told the media on Tuesday that the match will proceed as planned despite the threat of severe inclement weather. A nor’easter has been predicted to hit the area on Wednesday night, causing coach Backe to claim that the match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. could be postponed or cancelled midway thrugh the match.
“I’m a little bit surprised the league [will] stick to an 8:21 kickoff instead of moving it perhaps to 2, 3, 4 p.m. in the afternoon,” Backe said after practice at Montclair State University. “What I’ve had heard it will peak around 8 p.m. with rain, wind perhaps snow. Then the game would have to be cancelled and played on Thursday.”
Heavy rains and wind are supposed to hit the tri-state area, only nine days after Hurricane Sandy decimated the area. Backe doesn’t anticipate the storm being as bad as Sandy but still horrendous for soccer.
“If the storm is that bad and peaks around 8:21 p.m. or 9 p.m. - I don’t know how had it will be but they talk [like it will not be like the] last one but still a bad storm,” Backe said. “That’s the worst thing to play when it’s windy.”
The teams are tied entering the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal series after playing to a 1-1 draw in the opening leg at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night.