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USMNT finds river around the field ahead of World Cup qualifier

Have we reached ultimate CONCACAF?

Flooded area surrounding the field at Ato Boldon Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago
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On Monday, the United States arrived at Ato Boldon stadium in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago ahead of their crucial World Cup Qualifying match slated for Tuesday night.

However, a generic pre-match training on the pitch turned into quite the spectacle for USMNT players, coaches and media members when they encountered a large flooded area surrounding the field at the stadium.

Ato Boldon is the stadium the match-up is to supposed be played in on Tuesday night. So to see the field in such a dire state is confusing and/or infuriating.

After taping the players on the benches closest to the stands, the trainers were seen carrying players on their backs over to the practice area.

Based off of this photo form Jeffrey Carlisle, it looks as though the team continued their training session this morning.

Steven Goff also tweeted a photo of one single pump doing all the work it can to clear the flooded track area.

They’re gonna need a bigger pump.

As many of us on this site know, CONCACAF has had its fair share of bizarre decision making with its federations and tournaments. However, having the main field of one of its federations be in this state the day before a World Cup Qualifyer may just be the most ultimate CONCACAF move ever.

There has been no word yet from US Soccer or from Trinidad and Tobago on the current state of the field and whether the game will go on as planned tomorrow night.

UPDATE as of 3:30 PM ET: Jeff Carlisle has comment from CONCACAF on the field situation as well as a statement from Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation. You can see the full thread on his timeline.