D.C. United and MLS playoffs

November 7, 2012

Greetings from the Garden State. The drive wasn’t bad but the nor’easter is taking aim in the Northeast. I am stationed about 30 miles south of Red Bull Arena, where, at the moment, the temperature is in the mid-30s with light precipitation and firm wind.

As things stand, D.C. United’s MLS playoff match against the Red Bulls tonight will proceed as scheduled. Kickoff is set for 8:21 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

The latest game-time forecast: 35 degrees, feels like 22 degrees, 26-mph wind, 90 percent chance of rain or snow.

If the field becomes unplayable or the conditions are dangerous for players and spectators, league and match officials have the power to stop play and delay the game as long as necessary. If play cannot resume tonight, the match would re-start, presumably Thursday, at the point of the disruption.

In the regular season, a match is official once it reaches halftime. In the playoffs, the league will make all efforts to play all 90 minutes (or more, if needed).

A day delay would provide a hardship for the eventual victor, which is scheduled to play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday afternoon at Houston or home against Kansas City.

For your reading enjoyment, my match preview looks at the weather and the second-leg situation. The story was displayed prominently on the front page of the Sports section.

The official injury reports:

D.C. UNITED — OUT: FW Josh Wolff (lower back disc herniation); PROBABLE: DF Daniel Woolard (concussion-like symptoms); FW Long Tan (L ankle sprain); MF Dwayne De Rosario (L knee MCL sprain).

DeRo said he was traveling but just for “moral support.”

NEW YORK RED BULLS — OUT: DF Brandon Barklage (L plantar fascia injury); GK Ryan Meara (L hip surgery); MF Lloyd Sam (R knee PCL injury); PROBABLE: DF Rafa Marquez (R calf tightness); MF Tim Cahill (L calf tightness)

Two other playoff series will conclude tonight:

Houston at Kansas City, 9 p.m. (Dynamo leads aggregate, 2-0)

TV: KSMO (KC), Fox Sports South West (Houston), Direct Kick, MLS Live.

Los Angeles at San Jose, 11 p.m. (Earthquakes lead aggregate, 1-0)

TV: ESPN2.

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Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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