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Major League Soccer Talk Podcast #99: Graham Smith, Tommy Knapp, Turf Discussion


PDL side Ventura County Fusion hosts Burnley in a friendly tonight. The manager of the club, Graham Smith joins us to discuss Anton Peterlin who was sold to Everton earlier this month as well as the PDL and his thoughts on the USMNT. This interview features different content from the Smith interview released last week on EPL Talk. Then Tommy Knapp, the Director of Ticket Sales and Hospitality for Miami FC joins us to discuss his role in selling USL-1 to South Florida. Finally, host Kartik Krishnaiyer gives his thoughts about artificial turf in MLS, USL and College Soccer.

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  1. Rex Lee

    July 24, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Turf changes the rhythm of the game.

    It changes the teaching of the game to young kids.
    You cant go under the ball as easily when you teach the to center a ball.
    The ball rolls faster like it does indoors so dribbling is affected since there is no drag effect.

    They are expensive. Our corner park cost 1.5million (Canada) to get turf AND its has a lifespan of 10-12 years which is insane cost/years.

    The new fields still leave burn marks which get infected often.
    There is no park that I know of that has any kind of cleaning of turf from contaminants such as blood, bird feces, spit, bacteria which the grass fields can process.

    I cant debate the safety merits of recycled tire pellets but frozen or not, you are still talking toxic products and while you may not eat them like lead paint on toys, girls teams hate them bevayuse they get in the hair and are hard to wash out.

    Good traction is good. Great traction is horrible on joints.
    My wife is a physiotherapist, she can debate this with anyone.

    Danger; turf fields get unbelievably hot.
    Some tests have shown that a 90F day can often result in temperatures of 150F on a turf field. That is criminal to let kids or even adults to play on.

    The only advantage is the middle part of the field towards the crease is always nice and even and not worn down.
    That is the ONLY advantage but since both teams use the same field, that’s just part of the game, like playing in the rain.

    Its the in thing and municipalities are killing themselves to put them in but the advantages do not even come close to compensate for the rest.

    The temperature and cost/replacement are really the two main ones that should be obvious and which I dont think can be justified.

    I would hope you do a longer show on this topic.

  2. Rex Lee

    July 24, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Graham Smith/Gordon Smith

  3. Minotian

    July 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Another great podcast. I don’t know if you have received any feedback about the addition of the advertisements; but I think they are very worthwhile if it helps you & your site continue to provide its great content. Keep up the good work, looking forward to #100.

  4. Footballwe

    July 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    We all now know what to get Kartik for his birthday- wall-to-wall artificial turf for his home.

  5. Steve

    July 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Not a bad podcast, but it really gets old hearing your complaints about turf. Yes, MLS, USL, and the NCAA would probably all benefit from playing on grass. The fact is that these Leagues and Teams have to depend on playing in locations designed for other sports until they can afford stadiums of their own, and many of these facilities have been built with turf. I think the readership generally agrees with you, but I think all of us get tired of constantly reading about your complaints about a playing surface that is here for a while, and there really isn’t much that can be done about it without an influx of money.

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