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Nor'easter Forces MLS To Postpone Red Bulls-DC United Playoff Match
Published November 8, 2012
ALL ABOUT THE FANS: In DC, Steven Goff notes, "An estimated 700 United supporters made the trip, arriving on 11 buses paid by MLS and the Red Bulls." The gesture "came in the aftermath of Game 1 being moved to Washington on three days' notice" due to Hurricane Sandy. After last night's postponement was announced, several DC United players, as well as General Partner Will Chang, "wound their way through the stands and ramps to join their backers in the upper deck and thank them in person" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/8). DC United MF Chris Pontius said, "I was following Will Chang and we were trying to figure out a way to get up there to them. ... They deserved us coming up there and thanking them like that." In N.Y., Brian Lewis noted Red Bulls fans struggled to make it to the stadium "with the PATH not running to Harrison, NJ Transit service scaled back and many Red Bulls fans still without power" (NYPOST.com, 11/7). MLS Exec VP/Competition, Technical & Game Operations Nelson Rodriguez: "We have great empathy for the fans. Especially those that made the effort to come to the area today in those conditions are your greatest fans. And it was with them in mind that we made every attempt to play the match tonight. Had it not been for them, it would have been a far easier and far earlier call to make" (WASHINGTONTIMES.com, 11/7).