With 700 D.C. United supporters in the stands after they were bused up from the D.C. area for the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal, officials announced that the game would be postponed due to the heavy snow falling in the New York metropolitan area, and the game would be played Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Red Bull Arena.
The decision particularly disappointed D.C. United players and coaches, who went into the stands to thank the traveling support for making the journey.
Photo via D.C. United's Facebook page.
Pontius: "A lot of the guys are angry. You’ve just got to bottle up that energy and that anger, and use it out on them tomorrow" #dcu— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) November 8, 2012
Former D.C. United and current Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty made his feelings known on Twitter.
Thank you to all the #RBNY fans that braved the weather. Your loyalty is truly amazing. The players wanted to play, I will leave it at that.— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) November 8, 2012
New York head coach Hans Backe stridently opposed playing the game Wednesday night.
MLS, which paid for the D.C. United supporters' tickets and travel after Hurricane Sandy forced the two sides to swap home dates in the tie, announced that the league and the Red Bulls would pay for United's bus trip home Thursday.
#MLS exec: "Looking at forecast over time, at no point was it clear there would be so much snow and have it come so quickly"— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) November 8, 2012
The rescheduled game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.