We hear about it all the time.
Managers and players the world over have, at one time or another, blamed field conditions for poor results or unwatchable displays of football. And to be fair, some pitches have been truly horrendous. Remember the Cowboys Stadium turf for the International Champions Cup last summer? Or this water-logged pitch in Kazakhstan? Classic!
Well, those grounds look like a freshly cut and watered pitch at God’s personal Wembley Stadium up in heaven compared to what the Portland Timbers encountered in Guyana ahead of their CONCACAF Champions League tie vs Alpha United.
Not a joke: a professional soccer team actually plays here:
Guyana away pitch. Welcome to CCL! pic.twitter.com/52nBPVBDoS— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson)August 18, 2014
That… — can we call it a pitch’” — is actually mostly used for cricket, but that doesn’t explain why footballers have agreed to play here, or why Alpha United are allowed to host CONCACAF Champions League games in the first place. Really, there’s nowhere else you can play?
In any case, for the rest of time, no team is allowed to complain about field conditions ever again. Except the Timbers.