According to DCIst A source close to the team also told DCist that even match referee Mark Geiger (who you'll remember from Geigergate) wanted to play the match unless the pitch was frozen, which it wasn't.However, in the following paragraph The lone holdout, it would seem, was Red Bulls Head Coach Hans Backe. "In a way it would have been a joke. And then it's all about luck, some individual mistakes or anything that will decide a game," Backe said. "Still, it's a semifinal. A conference semifinal, and it has to be more serious." I thought the only person with the ability to determine whether or not to play a game due to safety issues was the center ref.