Game 2 of the MLS Eastern Conference Semifinals between D.C. United and New York Red Bulls has been postponed due to snowy conditions delivered by the Nor'easter storm that hit New York and New Jersey Thursday.
The match has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Red Bulls Arena in New York.
Having already reliquished home field advantage last week in order to accomodate the Red Bulls after the chaos caused by Hurricane Sandy, DCU head coach Ben Olsen was ready to get the match underway, and not at all pleased with the decision to postpone.
"I'm upset," said Olsen. "I'm upset because i got some guys that i knew that by the look in their eyes that they were ready to go today."
Steady snow fell as crews worked to clear the pitch with snow shovels, leaving behind a very soggy but visable playing surface. Approximately 30 minutes after the scheduled kickoff, the decision was made to postpone the match.
"I'm baffled," said Olsen. "Have you seen the field? Looks fine to me. My boys wanted to play. I wanted to play and I thought it was a playable field."
The two clubs came to a 1-1 draw in Game 1 in Washington on Nov. 3. The game had originally been scheduled to be played on United's home field at RFK Stadium, with Game 1 being in New York. But the league switched locations of the two game series because of damage left from last week's Hurricane Sandy.
D.C. United participated at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday at the invite of event organizers.
Throughout the day, the select players on hand played soccer with the children present.
And one of them was Barron Trump, the 11-year-old son of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.
While there, United forward Patrick Mullins and midfielders Julian Buescher and Marcelo Sarvas all received an unscheduled invitation to meet Barron in the White House, where they talked soccer and even kicked around the ball. Sarvas' eldest son, who is around Barron's age, and Talon, the United mascot, also played.
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“He was very knowledgeable about soccer, knew about D.C. United and was interested to know more,” Mullins told the Washington Post. “Little kid to have a passion for the game and to be knowledgeable and have a conversation with us, it makes me feel good about kids growing up playing the game.”
At some point during the day, 94.7 Fresh FM’s Dana McKay tweeted a photo of Barron outside the White House playing soccer in an Arsenal jersey.
According to the Post, Barron received a D.C. United soccer ball that was signed by the players and personalized with a message welcoming him to Washington. He also has an open invitation from the team to visit with them.
Barron currently lives in New York City with his mother.
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WASHINGTON -- Lloyd Sam and Luciano Acosta scored in the second half in D.C. United's 2-1 victory over NYCFC on Saturday.
After going scoreless in the first three matches of the season, D.C. United (2-2-1) has scored two goals in each of the last two.
In the 53rd minute, Lloyd stole the ball from defender Frederic Brillant deep in NYCFC's half and fired the ball from near the penalty spot past the sliding Johnson. Sam's first goal this season came in his 100th MLS start.
Acosta scored his second goal this season in the 73rd minute via a rebound. He passed to Sam, whose shot was blocked by Johnson back to Acosta for an easy score.
Bill Hamid made a terrific double-save for United in the 82nd minute, but two minutes later, NYCFC's Thomas McNamara sent a cross to David Villa, who scored his third of the season.
NYCFC (2-2-1) dominated possession and outshot United 15-12, with both teams putting six shots on target. NYCFC beat United 4-0 on March 12.