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Aloha Stadium part of much bigger issue for USWNT

Aloha Stadium part of much bigger issue for USWNT

Player Hope Solo shows the turf via Twitter Player Hope Solo shows the turf via Twitter
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The cancellation of Sunday's match between the U.S. Women's National team and Trinidad and Tobago due to unsafe field conditions has, understandably, been incredibly disappointing for fans and ticket holders.

However, for team U.S.A. the need to call off the match has been equally frustrating as the concerns over the surface at Aloha Stadium are just part of a much bigger issue for the Women's World Cup Champions. 

Just over a year ago a number female soccer players, including team USA's Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan filed a lawsuit against FIFA to fight the use of artificial turf for the 2015 Women's World Cup, calling the use of the surface an act of "gender discrimination" as all Men's World Cup games are played on grass.

After the U.S. Women's National team won it all in Canada this summer, they were scheduled to play 8 of their 10 victory tour matches on artificial turf fields. 

While the selection of venues for the tour has been frustrating for some players, after many saw the condition of the turf at Aloha Stadium during yesterday's practice they felt concerned for their safety.

"You know, when you look at a surface like this, you know just worry that people are going to get injured and something is going to happen but it's just unfortunately, I hate to be honest the surface is a bit risky out there." said 2015 Women's World Cup MVP, Carli Lloyd.

Lloyd took to twitter today explaining "we all don't like turf, but this is about unsafe playing conditions. Sharp rocks all over the field. Loose and uneven seams."

Former US Women's National Team Member and current commentator Julie Foudy, adding to that, saying that according to her sources the U.S. Men's National Team sends "a rep...to venue months in advance, but no representatives were sent to inspect Aloha Stadium".


Foudy also tweeted that he U.S. Soccer organization is now reportedly working toward a protocol that will be similar to the one in place for the men's team, but no such protocol is currently in place.
     

Aloha Stadium officials and a representative from U.S. Soccer confirmed this afternoon that the field was not inspected in person until Thursday, just three days before kick off was set to take place. At that point the event had already been promoted and tickets had been sold.

An official from U.S. soccer said that because the field is used for the Pro Bowl and by a Division I football team they assumed the surface would be up to a certain standard which they quickly realized it was not. 

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