Current Western Conference leader FC Dallas will not take on the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park at 7:00 tonight, as initially planned.
The match will be moved to Saturday at 4 p.m. ET because of forecasted weather conditions in Chester, Pennsylvania–the location of the Union’s home turf.
Weather predictions counted for up to 4 inches of snow in a wintry mix today, elevating traffic concerns and travel difficulties.
Major League Soccer teams often look to accommodate their fans with smooth-sailing experiences, and for Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, moving the game to Saturday was logical. After all, clearer skies and a more comfortable temperature will likely grace the Union’s soccer specific stadium tomorrow.
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“We had every intention to play our match as originally scheduled, but the current weather conditions will challenge the safety of our fans, players, and staff, and they always will be our first priority,” Sakiewicz said. “With a sunny day in the high 50’s forecasted for tomorrow, we look forward to welcoming everyone to a magnificent setting at PPL Park.”
Philadelphia has never beaten FC Dallas in the two squad’s seven meetings. Dallas has won three of these seven matches, notching four draws and snagging a 2-1 win last season.
FCD forward Blas Perez is tied for the league’s top goalscorer right now with Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey. The Union’s new Designated Player on loan from FC Nantes, Fernando Aristeguieta, buried two goals in Philly’s second draw of the season to Real Salt Lake.