The match between Utah Royals FC and Reign FC, which has significant playoff implications, will have to wait.
Less than three hours before kickoff, both teams announced Wednesday’s match would be postponed due to the surface at Cheney Field being rendered “unplayable.” Heavy rains in the Tacoma, Washington, area over the last several days led to the decision.
The make-up game will be played Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the same venue. It’s the same night as the game between Real Salt Lake and the L.A. Galaxy, which serves as the 10-year anniversary celebration of the 2009 MLS Cup.
“The safety of the players is of the utmost priority, and as such, both clubs and the NWSL came to a collective agreement to reschedule tonight’s match,” Reign FC said in a statement.
The Reign said all tickets for Wednesday’s game will be valid when presented for the rescheduled game on Sept. 25.
Royals defender Rachel Corsie on Twitter apologized to fans when news of the suspended game broke.
“Apologies for anyone who had already travelled,” Corsie wrote.
Three of Utah’s most important players — forward Christen Press, midfielder Vero Boquete and defender Kelley O’Hara — were all expected to miss the game due to injury.
The Royals and Reign are tied in the standings with 31 points, but Utah holds the tiebreaker with one more win.