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Philadelphia Union game at Colorado Rapids postponed until Sunday due to blizzard

Photo courtesy of PhiladelphiaUnion.com.
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The Philadelphia Union's game at the Colorado Rapids has been postponed until Sunday due to a blizzard in the Denver region.

Originally scheduled for 6 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time) on Saturday, the game will now be played at 3 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local time) on Sunday. The Comcast Network will broadcast the game in the Philadelphia region. Univision Deportes will broadcast the game nationally on tape-delay at 7 p.m. ET.

Officials from Major League Soccer and the two teams made the decision to postpone the game in a conference call Saturday morning.

"The safety of our fans, teams, and staff are paramount," MLS executive vice president of competition and game operations Nelson Rodriguez said in a statement. "We would like to thank both clubs for working with us to plan accordingly."

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  • Snow started falling early Saturday morning at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., about 10 miles from downtown Denver. Conditions are expected to worsen throughout the day, with over a foot of snow is expected by the time the storm moves out. There will also be sustained winds between 15 and 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 mph.

    The storm's peak period is expected during the hours when the game was originally scheduled to be played.

    "We had hoped and planned to play our match as scheduled, but we cannot put staff, fans, and players from both teams at risk by asking them to travel or play in unsafe conditions," Rapids president Tim Hinchey said in a statement.

    Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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