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Mother Nature Does Not Want Red Bulls–United to Happen

Red Bull arena during a weather delay prior to the match between the New York Red Bulls and the D.C. United at Red Bull Arena on November 7, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. Yeah, nope. No soccer here.

Game one of the MLS Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Red Bulls and D.C. United was supposed to take place in Harrison, New Jersey, last weekend. Hurricane Sandy assured that wouldn't be so, but the organizations promptly decided to move the game to RFK Stadium in D.C., switching the order of the home-and-home matchup so they could get both games in on time. It worked out fine, the teams drew 1-1, and the second, deciding game — now set to be played at Red Bull Arena — was all set for last night.

Then, of course, Mother Nature decided the tri-state area hadn't had enough weather. The nor'easter that swept through the area yesterday draped the Red Bull Arena in show. The game was to be played as planned — they opened the doors on schedule and fetched an orange ball — but it became clear within minutes that it just wasn't going to happen. This wasn't just some snow; this was SNOW. Wind and meddling PATH cancellations, too. Images like these and these are unbecoming of a soccer game.

So, despite everyone's best laid plans, the game was postponed. It'll be played at Red Bull Arena tonight at 7:30, ya know, barring a mud blizzard.

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Photo: Mike Stobe/2012 Getty Images