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State of Cowboys Stadium Pitch For US Gold Cup Game Is Embarrassing [PHOTOS]

green sand 600x450 State of Cowboys Stadium Pitch For US Gold Cup Game Is Embarrassing [PHOTOS]

Amidst concerns about security after violent fights erupted inside the ground in the last US men’s national team game, CONCACAF has another PR nightmare on their hands. This time it’s the playing surface for Wednesday night’s Gold Cup semi-final between USA and Honduras at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas that can be best described in one word: Pathetic.

The pitch for the Gold Cup semi-final is in such horrendous condition that stadium staff are preparing to fill in the holes on the pitch with green sand. The temporary pitch has been placed on the concrete floor with the field conditions being described as “Hard, real hard” by former US goalkeeper Kasey Keller, according to Grant Wahl who has been reporting on the developing story.

Here are two close-up images of the pitch:

cowboys stadium pitch soccer 600x450 State of Cowboys Stadium Pitch For US Gold Cup Game Is Embarrassing [PHOTOS]

soccer pitch cowboys stadium 600x450 State of Cowboys Stadium Pitch For US Gold Cup Game Is Embarrassing [PHOTOS]

For a regional competition of this stature, this is an embarrassment to CONCACAF and the Cowboys Stadium. In 2013, with all of the revenue being generated by significant ticket sales and advertising for this competition, you would expect the field conditions and security to be top notch. Instead the playing surface is something that is going to disrupt the ability for either team to pass the ball across the grass with ease, which is going to damage the end product that fans have paid a lot of money to see. Plus, why — for example — was the playing surface for the Mexico-Brazil friendly at the same stadium so much better? View the video below.

There’s still 24 hours to go before the US men’s national team plays Honduras in the Gold Cup semi-final, so the grounds crew have time to try to make the pitch into a better playing surface. But unfortunately, even with green sand, water and pitchforks, the playing condition of the pitch looks beyond repair.

The TV broadcast of the semi-final between USA and Honduras begins at 6:30pm ET on FOX Soccer on Wednesday, July 23.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →

4 Responses to State of Cowboys Stadium Pitch For US Gold Cup Game Is Embarrassing [PHOTOS]

  1. Slugs says:

    US/Honduras starts at 6:30 ET on Fox Soccer.

  2. CTBlues says:

    I just don’t understand why we put fake fields in 98% of our stadiums in the country when most of them only have one tenant and are only really used for football 10 weekends a year possibly more for teams in the playoffs. Reliant Stadium in Houston is a retractable dome and has real grass and University of Phoenix is a dome and real grass that is wheeled out to get sun and so they can have other events in the stadium, and Lincoln Financial Field in Philly has the hybrid of real grass and synthetic grass. Those three stadiums should be the icons of what a stadium should be in this country not the monster that is Cowboy Stadium.

  3. Dean Stell says:

    It is annoying that this happens. The call is for us American soccer fans to recruit our friends and families…..try to make them fans of the sport too. The only way to avoid all these stupid temporary fields is when a few of our domestic clubs start playing in dedicated stadia that seat 60K+.

  4. fsquid says:

    We have artificial fields in this country because they are much easier to maintain, cost less, and don’t get destroyed during concerts and other non sporting events.

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