After a snowy afternoon practice this Thursday, New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry let out a big sigh when asked if he was concerned weather would delay the team’s travel to San Jose as it did last week for their Portland trip.
“Hopefully we will leave on time this time,” he said, shaking his head. “I don’t know man. It’s something you can’t control right?”
The uncontrollable happened, and the news broke on Twitter:
“Strong sense of Deja Vu here.. Oh no wait, this is actually happening again! Flight to San Jose canceled tonight, chartering tomorrow. #RBNY,” Dax McCarty revealed via Twitter.
For the second week in a row, the Red Bulls flight to the West Coast was cancelled, presumably due to weather conditions. Instead of waiting hours once more to make the trip, the team chose to charter a flight Saturday to San Jose. Last week, New York spent over three hours waiting for their flight before abandoning their plans.
Henry and other veteran players pointed, in part, to the team’s arduous travel problems for a flat second half against Portland last week.
“What is frustrating is the way we came here,” Henry had said. “We didn’t prepare anything because we were at the airport on Friday, on Saturday, too, trying to come here. We did eventually but we didn’t prepare the game like we should’ve prepared the game and you could see the last 30 minutes.
“Everyone ran out of steam.”
New York faces the San Jose Earthquakes this Sunday at 10PM ET. The match will be broadcast on ESPN2.