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Red Bulls coach Hans Backe: game should be postponed

Nov 7, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

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New York Red Bulls manager Hans Backe has made his feelings known about the bad-and-getting-worse conditions at Red Bull Arena.

He’s not happy MLS officials are even considering trying to get this match in tonight. What he just told NBC’s Kyle Martino:

It’s an easy decision, it should be postponed. I mean, it’s a conference semifinal. You can’t see the lines, you risk players, picking up groins, hamstring (injuries) with these conditions. The pitch is not heated, the snow is getting worse and worse. For me, it is an easy decision, because this is not football. This is another sport.

Kickoff was set for just after 8 p.m.; as of 8:45 p.m. ET, officials on scene at Red Bull Arena continue efforts to clear the field, hoping to play the Red Bulls-D.C. United Eastern Conference semifinal second leg.

(MORE: statement from the league on the decision from New York)

  1. jelliot1978 - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    I feel for the DCU fans as they just postponed the game. State of the art stadium with no heated field?

  2. vadcsportsnut - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    They knew that storm was coming for a week now. No excuse not to have some snowblowers and enough staff to clear the field. MLS blew this one!

    • Steve Davis - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      Agree. something … blowers … small snow plow … bicycle towing a short 2X6 … anything!

  3. wyrm1 - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    This is such crap. MLS is going on about how they are paying for buses tomorrow, like any DC fans are going to be able to get up there.

    Games are played in the snow all the time, but Backe whined about the weather and the game gets postponed. Typical.

  4. solador78 - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Red Bull made no effort whatsoever to clear the snow. Three guys with shovels doesn’t count. If this had been Lambeau in Green Bay, there would have been 50k fans on the field clearing the snow for free. Stunts like this won’t help “football” break into the States.

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