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Rain forces Republic FC to cancel Friday’s friendly against N.Y. Red Bulls

The American flag is displayed before a playoff match on Oct. 1, 2016 at Sacramento’s Bonney Field.
The American flag is displayed before a playoff match on Oct. 1, 2016 at Sacramento’s Bonney Field. Special to The Bee

Republic FC’s first preseason match of 2017 has been canceled because of unsafe playing conditions at Bonney Field due to heavy rainfall, the team announced Wednesday.

Republic FC was to play a friendly Friday against the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.

“When it rains, it pours,” Republic FC President Warren Smith said in a statement. “As much as we need the rainfall in California, there was too much of a good thing for us this week. We want to thank the New York Red Bulls for understanding the situation and everyone’s concern for the players’ safety on the pitch. We’ve already begun planning for a substitute friendly to add to our schedule during drier and warmer weather.”

The team said season-ticket holders will receive two tickets to a future friendly. Those who purchased individual tickets to the match will receive a refund through Ticketmaster.com.

Republic FC’s first match of the preseason will be on the road against Fresno Fuego of the Premier Development League on Feb. 18 at Chukchansi Park.

The team’s first preseason match at Bonney Field is scheduled for March 4 against the FC Cincinnati of the USL’s Eastern Conference.

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