WASHINGTON — Real Salt Lake’s trip to the nation’s capital will be a bit different than anticipated.
Poor field conditions forced Saturday’s clash against D.C. United to be abandoned, with play now scheduled to resume on Sunday at 5 p.m. MT. With the score tied at 0-0 in the 29th minute, torrential rain passed through the city. After an hour and a half delay, the match officials deemed the field unplayable with large pools of standing water still visible.
Before seeking shelter from the lightning, RSL had to weather an early storm from United’s attack. D.C. forward Deshorn Brown nearly broke through in behind the RSL back line right after kickoff, while center back Justen Glad cleared a dangerous chance in the 5th minute from just outside the 6-yard box. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando was pressed into action a minute later, punching away a curling shot from D.C. midfielder Nick DeLeon.
RSL’s defense held firm through the opening stages, with Glad and center back partner Marcelo Silva keeping things tight at the back. Rimando remained untested, save for the sixth minutes stop, though he had to corral a dangerous cross in the 27th minute off the foot of United attacker Luciano Acosta.
As RSL built momentum and gained a foothold in the run of play, the game was halted in the 29th minute by referee Drew Fischer as lighting strikes were detected around RFK Stadium. The game will pick up where it left off on Sunday evening.