MLS commish says NYCFC home game will be played as scheduled

By on March 12, 2015

Mother Nature pummeled the field and the Yankees are already complaining, but NYCFC’s first home game will be played as scheduled, according to the commissioner of MLS, who told the Daily News there’s no chance of a delay for Sunday’s kickoff.

“No. No,” Don Garber said. “We’re confident the field will be ready. Clearly the bad weather hasn’t helped, but I’m going to say this: if we didn’t know the Yankees had a world class grounds crew, and if we didn’t believe that going in, we might have thought about this differently, perhaps scheduled some games later in the March.

“But we’ve got confidence in them. The new sod is being laid as we speak. I’m hopeful the weather cooperates a little bit better than it has the last few months. But we look forward to north of 40,000 people being at that game. It’s going to be a historic event for our league and for the sport of soccer in our country.”

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Garber doesn’t think it will be a problem.

“There isn’t a timeline (of staying in Yankee Stadium),” Garber said. “We’re obviously excited about playing in perhaps the most renowned stadium in the world. I know our players are excited because I’ve spoken to a bunch of them and I’ve attended a number of international soccer matches there. I know the stadium can handle it. The team, the Yankees, can handle the turnover. They have a world class grounds crew. We’re confident it will work. How long it will work is too early to make any prediction on. We haven’t played the first game.”

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