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Chicago Red Stars, Reign FC postponed last-minute due to snow

The snow at SeatGeek Stadium made for low visibility of the lines on the field. (Drake Hills)

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — A constant snowfall forced Saturday’s match between the Chicago Red Stars and Reign FC to be postponed a day. The match originally was scheduled to kick off at SeatGeek Stadium for the Red Stars’ second consecutive home game.

The match has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

After both teams warmed up in 30-degree temperatures, the snowfall continued from the east, forcing both teams to stay in their locker rooms just before players were scheduled to walk out to the field. Reign FC and the Red Stars both came into the weekend with two points from two draws and are currently placed at sixth and seventh in the NWSL standings, respectively.

The quickly rescheduled match means the clubs’ U.S. women’s national team players, such as Chicago’s Julie Ertz and Alyssa Naeher, will be able to participate before departing next week for a pre-World Cup camp.

The last Red Stars match to be canceled at SeatGeek Stadium was last season, when Chicago were prepared to host Sky Blue FC on July 28 but could not proceed due to the New Jersey team’s canceled flight to Chicago.

Snowfall is scheduled to continue into early Sunday morning.

The Red Stars will travel to Sandy, Utah May 3 for their next match against the Utah Royals at Rio Tinto Stadium, who currently sit top of the table, winning their first two matches. Chicago will play their next home game May 12 against the North Carolina Courage. 

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