Timbers D.C. match postponed

MLS reschedules game due to public safety concerns over Hurricane Irene

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Major League Soccer postponed a game between the Portland Timbers and D.C. United, previously scheduled for Saturday at RFK Stadium.

The game was postponed due to public safety concerns over the impact of Hurricane Irene, according to the Timbers’ website. A new date and time for the game will be announced next week.

“With the safety of our fans and clubs top of mind, and thanks to the cooperation of our clubs and broadcast partners, Major League Soccer has rescheduled games that were originally set for this weekend,” league spokesman Nelson Rodriguez said in a release. “We expect that Hurricane Irene will likely cause hazardous travel and unplayable conditions throughout the Northeast. We appreciate our fans’ understanding of these decisions and the media’s assistance in communicating the message.”

The Timbers made arrangements to return to Portland Friday.

On Thursday, the league postponed two other matches, one between the New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy and another between the Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution.