US MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PLAYING FIRST HOME MATCH ON ARTIFICIAL TURF SINCE 1994

US MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PLAYING FIRST HOME MATCH ON ARTIFICIAL TURF SINCE 1994

Fox Sports, February 2, 2017

U.S. players have been pretty clear on their preference to play on grass. While not all hate playing on artificial surfaces, they’ve made it clear that they prefer natural surfaces.”

Former U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann especially hated [synthetic] turf and did most everything in his power to keep his team from playing on it. Even new U.S. boss Bruce Arena has been critical of the surfaces before.

"TOM BRADY WOULD LIKE TO SEE PATRIOTS DITCH TURF, SWITCH BACK TO NATURAL GRASS"

"TOM BRADY WOULD LIKE TO SEE PATRIOTS DITCH TURF, SWITCH BACK TO NATURAL GRASS"

New England Sports Network, November 25, 2016

"While Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has enjoyed great success on his home field since the change, he said Friday he’d be in favor of ditching the fake stuff and switching back to grass. 

'I think most players prefer grass,' Brady said."

"FOOTBALL PLAYER BURNS HAND ON HOT TURF AFTER COACH'S PRACTICE PUNISHMENT"

"FOOTBALL PLAYER BURNS HAND ON HOT TURF AFTER COACH'S PRACTICE PUNISHMENT"

WWLP, September 10, 2015

"Our own thermometer showed temperatures of the artificial grass hovering around 150 degrees. It appears the coach was punishing some of the players when the injuries happened. The superintendent of schools said the coach should’ve known better."

"THE ARTIFICIAL TURF AT THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP WAS REPORTEDLY 120 DEGREES AT KICK OFF"

"THE ARTIFICIAL TURF AT THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP WAS REPORTEDLY 120 DEGREES AT KICK OFF"

The Washington Post, June 6, 2015

“For us to be playing the biggest tournament for women’s soccer on artificial grass is unacceptable. The game is completely different. It’s fake. So you don’t know how it’s gonna bounce. You don’t know how the ball is gonna run. It’s terrible for your body."

ARTIFICIAL TURF CHANGES THE WAY ATHLETES PLAY AND ADDS TIME TO RECOVERY

ARTIFICIAL TURF CHANGES THE WAY ATHLETES PLAY AND ADDS TIME TO RECOVERY

The Washington Post, June 5, 2015

“Numerous studies have explored the impact of artificial turf on the game and the body. The conclusion: In fear of injury, players are less likely to use slide tackles; the stress on joints increases; skin abrasions are more pronounced; additional recovery time is needed between matches; and with the ball moving quicker, a pinball effect threatens to destroy the rhythm of the game.”

INJURIES: NATURAL TURF VS. ARTIFICIAL TURF

INJURIES: NATURAL TURF VS. ARTIFICIAL TURF

Duke University Soccer Politics Blog, 2015

"Not only are players concerned about major ligament tears and concussions, but they also speak to the increased stress on the body. Morgan feels that recovery time is an issue as well: 'The achiness, taking longer to recover than on natural grass, the tendons and ligaments are, for me at least, I feel more sore after turf.' "

"SYDNEY LEROUX: WHY TURF IS TERRIBLE FOR SOCCER PLAYERS"

"SYDNEY LEROUX: WHY TURF IS TERRIBLE FOR SOCCER PLAYERS"

ESPN, November 13, 2014

"Thierry Henry won't even travel to Seattle in the regular season because he doesn't play on turf. Some of the best players in the world refuse to play on turf. Look, I would play on dry Arizona grass in the heat of the summer before I would play on turf. Every time."

"The sport we play is physical, but when going into a tackle, you are not supposed to be thinking, 'Crap, this is going to hurt, and [it's] probably not worth it.' Turf does that to you. It takes away from how I play and we play soccer. And the back problems. My back is the worst it has ever felt this season as I felt like I was running on concrete every day."

"ALEX MORGAN ON WHY ARTIFICIAL TURF IS TOUGH FOR PLAYERS"

"ALEX MORGAN ON WHY ARTIFICIAL TURF IS TOUGH FOR PLAYERS"

USA Today, October 15, 2014

" 'When I play on grass, my body doesn't ache,' she says. 'It can get sore, but it doesn't pulse and my legs don't ache. When I play on turf, my legs can pulse and ache for up to 24 hours and it could take 3-5 days to recover, whereas grass, after 24 hours I'm ready to play again.' "

Morgan has seen teammates suffer season-ending injuries that she blames on turf, however. She recalled Portland Thorns teammate Nikki Marshall tearing her ACL after getting "caught in the turf" while planting her foot. The turf didn't give like natural grass would have, she says.

"FEMALE SOCCER PLAYERS FILE DISCRIMINATION SUIT OVER WOMEN'S WORLD CUP"

"FEMALE SOCCER PLAYERS FILE DISCRIMINATION SUIT OVER WOMEN'S WORLD CUP"

CBS News, October 1, 2014

“The players, led by U.S. national team forward Abby Wambach, have said for months they believe there is a greater risk of injury on turf, and that the surface changes the way the game is normally played.”

"US SOCCER STAR SAYS WORLD CUP ON TURF WILL HURT GAME"

"US SOCCER STAR SAYS WORLD CUP ON TURF WILL HURT GAME"

USA Today, March 27, 2013

"Other national team members have strong opinions as well. U.S. forward Carli Lloyd tweeted: 'Had a nightmare that the 2015 World Cup was going to be played on turf! … Wonder if the men's World Cup would ever be played on turf? … Always more injuries on artificial turf. Bad enough we played our 2012 Olympic qualifying games on artificial turf. Never thought about WC.' "

"BECKHAM'S LAMENT: THE PAIN & STRAINS OF PLAYING ON INFILLED TURF"

"BECKHAM'S LAMENT: THE PAIN & STRAINS OF PLAYING ON INFILLED TURF"

Synturf.org, September 17, 2007

"As far back as August 2007, David Beckham openly dissed FieldTurf as a playing surface. 'As a professional athlete, you can't play a game like soccer on that sort of field,' Beckham told reporters. 'You can't ask any athlete to perform at a high level on the FieldTurf.' Most significantly, Beckham said, 'What it does to your body as a soccer player, you're in bits for three days after that.' "