Vancouver Whitecaps game postponed

Vancouver Whitecaps Alain Rochat celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Union with team mates...

Vancouver Whitecaps Alain Rochat celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Union with team mates Camilo (L) and Eric Hassli (R) during the first half of their MLS soccer game in Vancouver, British Columbia June 18, 2011. REUTERS/Ben Nelms

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, Last Updated: 4:48 PM ET

New York, NY - Saturday's Major League Soccer match between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Real Salt Lake has been postponed due to unplayable conditions at Empire Field.

A temporary grass field was installed this week ahead of Vancouver's friendly against English Premier League side Manchester City, but consistent rain and limited drainage at the Whitecaps' stadium led to the postponement.

"We have been working around the clock to do everything in our powers to keep the field as dry as possible," said Paul Barber, Vancouver Whitecaps FC chief executive officer. "Unfortunately, the combination of consistent rain and limited drainage options available for a temporary grass field has left us no other choice but to postpone [Saturday's] match."

The match has not yet been rescheduled. Monday's match against Manchester City is still expected to be played, according to Barber.


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