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.
The #USMNT encounters a river around the field as it turns up for its official training session at Ato Boldon Stadium this morning. pic.twitter.com/yywxhyeELf— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 9, 2017
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.
#R̶o̶a̶d̶T̶o̶R̶u̶s̶s̶i̶a̶ #RiverToRussia pic.twitter.com/O5r1Dra8QM— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 9, 2017
Based off of this photo form Jeffrey Carlisle, it looks as though the team continued their training session this morning.
#usmnt players now resorting to piggyback rides in order to be able to practice. pic.twitter.com/tOu5xoGieX— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) October 9, 2017
Steven Goff also tweeted a photo of one single pump doing all the work it can to clear the flooded track area.
That is a pump. #usmnt in Couva, T&T pic.twitter.com/SOVIUc5Bdt— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) October 9, 2017
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.
CONCACAF official tells me that FIFA handles World Cup qualifiers. They expect field to be fully playable. (1/)— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) October 9, 2017
Statement from Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation: pic.twitter.com/2NTSDJKqhD— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) October 9, 2017