Major League Soccer has decided to postpone Friday’s contest between the Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas due to poor weather conditions predicted for the evening. The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, with kickoff 4 p.m. ET.
"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," Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz said in a released statement. "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."
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A winter weather advisory for Chester, Pa., as well as much of the surrounding areas, expected snow accumulations to reach 2-4 inches in the early afternoon making for dangerous traffic conditions. Major League Soccer ultimately decided to move the match to Saturday.
Looking to open with three straight victories for the first time in 17 years, visiting Dallas will try to remain undefeated against Philadelphia on Saturday.
After starting 4-0-1 but finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference in 2014, Dallas (2-0-0) likely isn’t reading too much into its solid start after two home matches. Neither is Philadelphia (0-0-2).
"We see a very good technical team that makes an exceptional pace across the front line but it’s also been two games to start the season; that’s a small sample size," Union forward Andrew Wenger said earlier in the week.
The Dallas franchise last started 3-0-0 in 1998, when it was known as the Burn, but each victory came at home.
Dallas improved to 3-0-4 against the Union with a 2-1 victory in the only meeting last season. Three of those draws have come in as many matches at Philadelphia, where Dallas hasn’t played since a 2-2 finish June 29, 2013.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.