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Sounders’ match at Montreal postponed because of snow

Sat., March 22, 2014

The MLS Disciplinary Committee on Friday suspended Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey for two games, and about two hours later the first of those games was postponed due to snow accumulations in Montreal.

The Montreal Impact announced that the match will be moved back 24 hours – to 1 p.m. Sunday – because of unsafe accumulations of snow on the roof of Olympic Stadium.

Olympic Stadium procedures demand postponement when there are 3 centimeters or more of snow or frozen rain on the roof 24 hours before a scheduled event. As of Friday, the Montreal forecasts called for heavy snows to taper off today.

The game had been scheduled at Olympic Stadium rather than the Impact’s open-air Saputo Stadium due to the likelihood of harsh Quebec weather lingering into early spring.

If the game goes on Sunday, it will be played without the services of Dempsey, who received a two-game suspension and undisclosed fine for violent conduct toward Toronto FC defender Mark Bloom during the March 15 match at CenturyLink Field.

Dempsey admitted striking Bloom below the belt, but explained that his intent was to swat Bloom’s hand off of his back.

Dempsey appealed through the MLS Players Union, but the decision was upheld.

Under the current schedule, Dempsey would miss the Montreal match, as well as the March 29 home game against Columbus.

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