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Sounders vs. Rapids match rescheduled due to blizzard

The team will ride out the storm at their hotel before returning to Seattle on Thursday.

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There will be no repeat of Snow Classico tonight
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Due to rapidly deteriorating weather in Colorado as a blizzard approaches the Mountain West, tonight’s game between the Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids has been postponed until September 7 at 6:00 PM PT.

According to the press release sent out by the team, the decision to not play tonight was reached by a collective agreement between the Sounders, the Rapids, and MLS. “The safety of fans, players, coaches, referees and staff is of the utmost priority when evaluating these situations, and both clubs and MLS came to a collective agreement to not play the match on Wednesday, April 10,” the release is quoted as saying.

Yesterday the high in Denver was nearly 80 °F, but a strong cold front pushed through overnight, dropping temperatures by 50 degrees. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for midday Wednesday through midday Thursday, forecasting 5 to 10 inches of snow and 65 mph winds, and cautioning that travel could become difficult to impossible during the height of the storm.

The team is in the process of returning to Seattle to prepare for Saturday’s home game against Toronto and has secured a charter flight to depart the region before the storm intensifies later today.

Update, 2:15 PM: The team was unable to depart today as originally hoped, and will be staying in Denver for the night.

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