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Wednesday Roundup: Courage-Red Stars semifinal in doubt due to storm

Also in today’s Roundup, Cloud 9 members balk on season ticket renewal for Sky Blue

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The National Women’s Soccer League released a statement on Wednesday saying that this weekend’s semifinal between the Chicago Red Stars and North Carolina Courage is in doubt. The game is scheduled to be played just outside the eye of Hurricane Florence which is expected to make landfall on the coast of the Carolinas by the end of the week.

The full statement is as follows:

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), in conjunction with the North Carolina Courage and Chicago Red Stars, continue to monitor the changing forecast of Hurricane Florence as it relates to the potential of the NC Courage’s NWSL Semifinal home playoff game being played as scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. ET.

The league and teams continue to explore all options and scenarios that would ultimately permit the match to be played in front of the NC Courage home fans.

The safety of the fans, players and staff, as well as the ability for the Red Stars to travel to North Carolina safely, remains the top priority for NWSL. An announcement as to the status of the match will be made as soon as reasonably possible.

On a conference call to preview the match, Rory Dames said he was in favor of moving the match to Portland where the Lifetime talent and crew will already be for Saturday’s semi. The winning team could then spend the week in Portland ahead of the NWSL Championship on September 22. Dames added that if the decision is made to carry on with playing the game in North Carolina that: “”I’m not going to mandate that somebody step on a plane and fly into something they aren’t comfortable with.”

Cloud 9 members not ready to renew season tickets

The fuzzy feelings surrounding Sky Blue FC ending their season on a winning note appear to have worn off. On Wednesday, several members of the team’s Supporter Group, Cloud 9 tweeted, seemingly in concert with each other, that they were not going to renew their season tickets until they saw action taken by the team in light of poor working conditions within the team.


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