The Colorado Rapids have just announced that their charity friendly tomorrow night against Sounders FC has been canceled due to cold and snowy weather -- apparently exceptionally cold and snowy weather -- in the Denver area.
This was to have been the Sounders' final tuneup game before their (scheduled) season opener on week from tonight at Qwest vs. Philadelphia.
Here's the key part of the release from the Rapids:
Due to severe winter weather forecasts predicted for Denver and its surrounding areas, the Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders FC have cancelled their Charity Shield match that had previously been scheduled for this Friday, March 19 at 7 pm at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
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In looking at the potentially hazardous weather that is predicted to transpire over the next 24-48 hours, the Rapids and Sounders felt it was in the best interest and safety of fans, players, coaches and staff to cancel the match rather than risk any potential adverse situation. With travel conditions for Seattle not being advisable, both teams felt it was best for all involved to take this proactive position.
The Rapids apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, as this decision by both clubs was not made lightly but made with the well-being of everyone in mind due to forecasted below freezing game time temperatures, wind chills, snowfall and unfavorable playing conditions.