U.S. WNT Game in Hawaii Cancelled As Player’s Decry Field Conditions
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Relations between U.S. Soccer and the World Champion U.S. WNT have hit a low point with U.S. Soccer forced to take the highly unusual step of cancelling Sunday’s game against Trinidad and Tobago scheduled to be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, after deciding that the playing surface was unsafe.

U.S. Soccer’s statement gave no reason that the field was not more thoroughly examined before the two teams made the long and no doubt costly trip to Hawaii.

(ISI Photos/Howard C Smith)

Players made it clear on their twitter that they were against playing on the poor surface.(ISI Photos/Howard C Smith)

Player power appeared to play a role in the decision after several members of the World Cup Champions turned to twitter in recent days to decry the condition of the artificial turf at Aloha Stadium.

Hope Solo ✔ @hopesolo
Our loyal fans: Thanks for standing with us against unsafe field conditions & standing tall for #equal treatment
1:26 AM – 6 Dec 2015
1,095 1,095 Retweets 2,675 2,675 likes

Carli Lloyd ✔ @CarliLloyd
So over the turf. 8 out of 10 Victory tour games on turf. https://twitter.com/juliefoudy/status/673349333761306628 …
11:00 PM – 5 Dec 2015
415 415 Retweets 1,040 1,040 likes

The players were also unhappy with the training field after star midfielder Megan Rapinoe tore her right ACL during practice on Friday.

The U.S. women training on the Aloha Stadium on Saturday. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

The U.S. women training on the Aloha Stadium on Saturday. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

“We extend our sincere apologies to those fans who were scheduled to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team match in Hawaii,” said U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe. “Player safety is our number one priority at all times and after a thorough inspection throughout the day, we determined it was in the best interest for both teams to not play the match. We regret not being able to play in front of our fantastic, loyal fans.”

Fans will receive refunds as the Victory Tour moves on to its next stop Thursday night at the AlamoDome in San Antonio, where the turf will presumably be up to standards for game versus T&T.

Morgan Brian was very disciplined in her role. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

China should be a good test for the U.S. post World Cup.. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Two games versus China will close out the Victory Tour and the year for the U.S. WNT. The Victory Tour is meant to be a celebration, a chance for the fans to say thank you to their heroes and for the players to do the same in return.
The fans and the players will have two more chances to express those sentiments as the year comes to close, but as the year ends it is the relationship between U.S. Soccer and the players on the World Champion U.S. WNT that bears watching.

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Peter Nolan is a staff writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, covering MLS and other US leagues, He's GotSoccer's chief National Team Correspondent.
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One Response to U.S. WNT Game in Hawaii Cancelled As Player’s Decry Field Conditions
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  1. Paul McNally says:

    This has to be among the dumbest moves US Soccer has made since I started coaching in 1972. To NOT have examined the facilities, both training and game facilities, months before is one more signal that US Soccer is willing to risk the welfare of the player in order to realize a profit and use these players for the financial benefit of US Soccer.
    No matter what assurances were made by Hawaiian members staging this event, US Soccer has the responsibility to insure the welfare of each and every player. TO not have sent a representative long before this event was to be held is an indicator of the lack of organization, lack of meticulous preparation and total disregard for the well being of the players.
    The ladies tried to explain the dangers of turf prior to the World Cup. No one listened. Now one of the major contributors to the Women’s success in Canada has been injured. Rapione, the NWSL and her current team have every right to bring litigation against US Soccer for allowing this to happen.
    Trinidad & Tobago are also entitled to complete reimbursement for all expenses involved in travel, lodging, meals and coaching fees.
    Sometimes, every once in a while, the players know more than the administrative idiots who run US Soccer.

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