Heavy snow forced the postponement of the New York Red Bulls' do-or-die Major League Soccer play-off clash with DC United on Wednesday.
Gale force winds and snow lashed the New York area in the wake of superstorm Sandy, which has left tens of thousands of people without electricity.
Officials first delayed the kick off of the MLS Eastern Conference semi-final, second-leg match at Red Bull Arena for about an hour.
But after watching the grounds crew struggle to clear the pitch, MLS vice-president Nelson Rodriguez rescheduled the match to Thursday night.
"In the end you can't jeopardise the safety of the athletes," Rodriguez told the NBC Sports Network.
It was the second time bad weather has disrupted the two-match tie. The clubs drew 1-1 in the opener at RFK Stadium on Saturday in a match that was moved to Washington because of the impact of Sandy on the New York area.