Although it was supposed to start at 7:30 p.m; at Yankee Stadium, the quarter-final duel between Liga MX and MLS could begin at 10 p.m. Due to weather conditions
The third game scheduled for the Leagues Cup tournament between the Pumas of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the New York City Football Club (NYCFC) at Yankee Stadium had a rescheduling of two and a half hours. Although the teams showed up on time to the field of play, the weather conditions due to an electrical storm frustrated the punctual start of the commitment in the baseball stadium.
Minutes before the official start, the players performed the survey of the court and some warm-up exercises. However, as the minutes passed, the teams returned to their locker rooms, and the fans present in the stands of the sports arena began to leave their seats. After a few minutes, the whole lower part of the stadium was empty due to the rain forecast.
The local sound reported the temporary suspension around 7:30 p.m. The prediction took shape when the first drops of rain were present in New York City. In this way, the official account of the tournament reported that "Tonight's game between NYCFC and Pumas has been delayed due to the weather. The game will start as soon as the safety of players and attendees can be guaranteed" through their social networks.
Immediately, Yankee Stadium maintenance personnel rushed to cover only one area of the playing field. In contrast, most of the field was exposed to precipitation. The meteorological phenomenon lasted for about two hours, but the authorities decided to continue with the meeting. Thus, minutes before 10:00 p.m., the players stepped onto the pitch again to warm up.
In addition to the physical integrity of the players, another factor that prevented the start of the game was the nature of the terrain. And it is that the sports venue is enabled to host baseball games, so a part is made up of clay, which was covered by the gray canvas. Thus, it is necessary to avoid prolonged contact with water as excess moisture can cause puddles that are difficult to remove and deteriorate the surface.
As the hours passed, the authorities confirmed through their social networks that "after the delay due to weather conditions, the match between New York City Football Club and Pumas is expected to start at 09:58." Thus, the announced measure could be fulfilled, and the match judge began the actions seconds after 22:00.
Johan Vásquez, the Olympic medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Games, was not present in Andrés Lillini's box for the meeting. His absence gave force to the rumors about the supposed interest of Genoa of Italy after his outstanding performance in the tactical scheme of Jaime Lozano.
Since returning from his experience with Jaime Lozano's Olympic team, the 22-year-old has confessed the offers he received. Now the native of Sinaloa left the country to meet with what would be his new club.
Through his Instagram account, Johan shared a story with his representative Armando Vallejo; both were at the Mexico City International Airport, ready to board the plane.