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United-Red Bulls game postponed, will play Thursday

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United-Red Bulls game postponed, will play Thursday

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.

Washington and Baltimore on the list of stadiums considered for inclusion in the bid for the 2026 World Cup

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Washington and Baltimore on the list of stadiums considered for inclusion in the bid for the 2026 World Cup

The World Cup could be coming to Washington or Baltimore.

The official list of 49 stadiums that will be considered for inclusion in the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup included Fed Ex Field in Landover, MD, as well as M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada officially started its process for cities to declare their interest to serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, by sending Requests for Information (RFIs) to 44 cities across the three nations.

After these cities, including Washington and Baltimore, declare their interest, the United Bid Committee reviews all of the submissions, and plans to have a short list put together by Sepember. The Bid Committee plans to have between 20 to 25 venues on the list to present to FIFA.

If chosen to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, after going through FIFA’s determination process, it's expected that at least 12 locations could serve as Official Host Cities for the North American bid.

All stadiums are required to have at least 40,000 seats for group stage matches, and a capacity of at least 80,000 to be considered for the Opening Match and the Final.

Here's a full list of the cities and stadiums being considered.

 

 

D.C. United edges Vancouver on controversial penalty

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D.C. United edges Vancouver on controversial penalty

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Lamar Neagle scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute and D.C. United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.

The penalty was awarded after defender Kendall Waston was called for hauling down Jose Ortiz in the box. The B.C. Place Stadium fans voiced their displeasure when replays showed Waston barely touched Ortiz.

Neagle sent the ball into the top corner for his sixth goal of the season. United improved to 4-6-2.

The Whitecaps (5-6-1) had a chance to tie it in extra time. Vancouver was awarded a penalty kick following a collision between United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and Vancouver's Brek Shea. Cristian Techera took the shot, but hit the post.