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Rapids-Union postponed due to blizzard

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The Colorado Rapids had planned to hold Saturday's game as planned but heavy snow on I-70 scuppered those plans.

DENVER (AP) A blizzard dumping more than a foot of snow along the Colorado Front Range on Saturday has put a damper on the busiest day in sports in the state, scuttling plans to use a bright orange soccer ball in the Rapids' home opener against Philadelphia.

Major League Soccer postponed that game until Sunday, after the storm has moved out.

The Rapids had planned to embrace the blizzard and play in the snow, but their game was pushed back a day.

"We had hoped and planned to play our match as scheduled, but we cannot put staff, fans, and players from both teams at risk by asking them to travel or play in unsafe conditions," Rapids president Tim Hinchey said.

The Rapids had said earlier that they planned to hold the match no matter the weather, using a bright orange ball with bright orange lines painted on the field. That plan changed when Adams County, with forecasts predicting 14 inches of snow and 40 mph winds, issued a travel advisory that people to travel only in case of emergencies.

"As always, the safety of our fans, staff and athletes is paramount, and the conditions in the Denver area preclude the game from being played today," said MLS executive Nelson Rodriguez, who is in Colorado for the match.

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