UPDATE: The players are slated to return to the field for warmups at 8:55 pm ET, with preparations running until 9:10 pm ET. Meanwhile, the game is game set to resume at 9:13 pm ET, meaning the weather delay would last just under 80 minutes.
The storms provided each team with a prolonged halftime break.
WEATHER UPDATE: Subject to no further lightning strikes in the area, the players will return to the field for a short warm-up at 8.55 before commencing the second half at 9.13.— New York City FC (@NYCFC) August 9, 2019
We’ll update you in the event of any changes to this timeline.#NYCFC
Thursday evening’s match between the Houston Dynamo and New York City FC at Yankee Stadium was sent into a halftime weather delay, as heavy storms rolled over the Bronx.
Head referee Robert Sibiga had already whistled after the first 45 minutes, with it 1-1 in the non-conference matchup.
Alexandru Mitrita made it 1-0 for NYCFC in the 16th minute, then Juan David Cabezas equalized in the 26th. Shortly after drawing matters level, Houston was reduced to 10 men when winger Romell Quioto was shown a red card for an off-ball incident.
The players went into the locker rooms, as a tarp was rolled over the Yankee Stadium grass. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.