U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday: the Victory Tour match at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii against Trinidad and Tobago has been cancelled due to poor field conditions.
After testing the turf that the USWNT trained on Saturday, US Soccer made the decision to cancel the game. The poor quality of the turf was obvious to everyone around the stadium. Pieces of plastic and rubber pellets were discovered on the field, according to Jenny Taft of Fox Sports 1.
“We extend our sincere apologies to those fans who were scheduled to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team match in Hawaii,” said U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe. “Player safety is our number one priority at all times and after a thorough inspection throughout the day, we determined it was in the best interest for both teams to not play the match. We regret not being able to play in front of our fantastic, loyal fans.”
The federation has promised the people who purchased the tickets will get refunded since the game is not taking place anymore. The USWNT has yet to play in the Aloha State, and now the 50th state will have to wait and see when the Stars and Stripes will come and play in the Paradise of the Pacific.
This is where FIFA really needs to get their act together. The USWNT was supposed to play ten "Victory Tour" matches and eight of those matches were scheduled to be played on turf. How is it fair that the women have to play on turf, but not the men? It is 2015 after all.
The Victory Tour will continue for the USWNT on Thursday. As they face Trinidad and Tobago at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. They will then finish up against China the following week on December 13th and December 16th.