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Published November 2, 2012
TRADING SPACES: In N.Y., Jaime Uribarri notes Hurricane Sandy "forced a change of venues for the Eastern Conference semifinals after power was knocked" out at Red Bull Arena, the intended site of Saturday's DC United-Red Bulls match. MLS Commissioner Don Garber said, "I'd like to impress upon everybody that when we made the decision, we took into consideration all the issues that will impact all involved and made the best decision we believe is in the best interest of all parties." Uribarri notes on a "competitive level, the venue swap favors the Red Bulls." DC United President & CEO Kevin Payne said, "Our club worked very hard to try to earn home-field advantage in the playoffs and we're proud that we've achieved that. But there are times in which circumstances override competitive concerns, and this is clearly one of those times" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/2).