TTFA concerned about state of Ato Boldon field following US team's training session

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 14:30

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) says the management of the Ato Boldon Stadium is now concerned about the state of the field following training by the US National Team this morning.

Photos and video published on the US Soccer's Twitter page showed high levels of water on the track as the team arrived to train this morning.

But the TTFA said the tweets failed to mention the torrential rainfall in the area.

The TTFA says it still believes that the match will go on at the venue.

The following is the TTFA's statement on the issue.

"The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association has noted with concern several social media posts by the U.S Soccer team’s official Twitter account.

These posts highlighted rain water around the track which was the only area so affected at the Ato Boldon Stadium, the match venue for Tuesday night’s World Cup Qualifying Match between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.

The posts however failed to note the adverse weather patterns which the country faced over several days leading up to today.

General Secretary for the TTFA, Justin Latapy-George confirms that “the Stadium Management and the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago were aware of the situation and at that time were working on pumping the water off the track.”

Further, although the water basin on the track around the field was visibly high, the decision to use or not use the field is at the discretion of the Match Commissioner.

TTFA Media can reliably report that despite the high-water table, the US team used the field for training following which the stadium management expressed concern as to the condition following this training session.

However, The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association continues to work alongside Stadium Management to prepare the facility for tomorrow’s planned game and all parties are confident the game will be contested."