Hurricane Looms Over Chicago Soccer Team's Match In N.C.

Bob Roberts
September 11, 2018 - 4:03 pm

Josh Morgan/The Greenville News via USA TODAY NETWORK


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Red Stars women’s pro soccer team is scheduled to play a league semi-final match Sunday just outside of Raleigh, N.C. 

They are determined to play the North Carolina Courage, but where and when are proving to be a logistical nightmare.

The storm should be past, but Red Stars owner Arnim Whisler says that may not be enough.

“There aren’t a lot of soccer pitches that can take a foot of rain and then be playable within 24 hours,” he said, noting that the Cary, N.C. stadium is likely to be a swamp. 

Forecasters are predicting a foot of rain in Cary.             

The teams and the National Women’s Soccer League looked at the logistics of getting the Red Stars into Raleigh-Durham before Florence hits, but discarded that. 

Whisler says safety is paramount, but adds North Carolina’s league-leading record should allow it to play at home, if an alternate site can be found.

Discussions include delaying until Monday, but that would cost the league a rare Sunday afternoon national TV audience (ESPN 2).

Look for a decision within 24 hours.