NWSL: Sunday's North Carolina-Chicago 'in doubt' due to Hurricane Florence

The NWSL issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon that the league, along with the North Carolina Courage and Chicago Red Stars, were monitoring the changing forecast of Hurricane Florence in regards to how it might impact the NWSL semifinal the Courage is slated to host in Cary on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET:
"The league and teams continue to explore all options and scenarios that would ultimately permit the match to be played in front of the NC Courage home fans. The safety of the fans, players and staff, as well as the ability for the Red Stars to travel to North Carolina safely, remains the top priority for NWSL. An announcement as to the status of the match will be made as soon as reasonably possible."

The uncertainty of the situation did not sit well with Red Stars coach Rory Dames.

“The big thing for us is not just player safety, but the safety of our staff,” he said in a scheduled media conference call to preview to the semifinal match. “We still have no idea what we are doing. It leaves an anxious feeling.”

Friday night's Duke-North Carolina men's soccer match in Durham has been postponed. Two area ACC football teams -- North Carolina and N.C. State -- canceled Saturday afternoon home games.

“There are a lot of people with a lot of opinions of what is going to happen,” Dames said. “If we are told the game is in North Carolina … the league has the authority to do that, but it will be up to each individual player and staff member if they go or not. I am not going to mandate this.”

So many factors are at play about the hurricane: where it will touch down, the direction it is headed and its force.

As of Wednesday night, local weather reports presented best- and worst-case scenarios ranging from the Triangle getting 1-2 inches of rain to 5-10 inches. On Thursday morning, Florence was downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane as it approached the Carolinas.

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