Today’s opening fixture of the “USA Victory Tour”, which pitted the host national and World Cup champions against the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team, has been cancelled after the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) deemed the artificial playing surface at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii was deemed unfit for international football.
Today’s match, which was the first of two exhibition games, was due to be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO.
Instead, the “Women Soca Warriors” and the United States women will meet next Thursday in Texas.
Trinidad and Tobago coach Randy Waldrum said the Women Warriors were disappointed at the cancellation for the exhibition, which was expected to be witnessed by a sold out audience in the 50,000 seater stadium.
However, he said he understood the reason and were looking forward to their match on Thursday.
“I think we always have a responsibility to look out for players safety first, so I understand the reason for the cancellation,” Waldrum told the TTFA Media. “The field had two main areas of concern. There were some seams in the turf on each end of the field right inside the six yard box.
“The turf was coming up around these seams, so with the traffic that would be in these areas it would be a problem. We trained on the field yesterday for about an hour and a half.
“We are disappointed not to get to play here, just as I’m sure the US Women’s national team are too. I think however our players understand it and of course support watching out for the safety of the teams first and foremost.”
It is the second Trinidad and Tobago women’s international outing to be cancelled within the last 24 hours, as the National Under-20 Team’s CONCACAF 2015 Women’s Under-20 Championship match against hosts, Honduras, in San Pedro Sula was also cancelled after bad weather made the field unplayable.
CONCACAF has promised to announce a new date for the Jamaica vs Canada and Trinidad and Tobago vs Honduras double header shortly.
The Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 women lost 2-0 to Canada on Thursday night in their first CONCACAF fixture, which also serves as the qualifying series for the 2016 FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup.
The following is the full press release from the USSF on the Hawaii cancellation:
US Soccer has cancelled the U.S. Women’s National Team Victory Tour match scheduled for Sunday, December 6, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, after a determination that the artificial turf surface is not suitable to hold an international soccer match.
Upon testing the playing surface during the WNT’s training session earlier on December 5, and after all possible options available were considered to get the field in a playable condition, the decision was made by US Soccer to cancel the match.
“We extend our sincere apologies to those fans who were scheduled to attend the US Women’s National Team match in Hawaii,” said US 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.”
All ticket buyers will be fully refunded. All internet and phone orders will be automatically refunded with a confirmation sent via email.
Fans that purchased at Ticketmaster ticket centers will need to return their tickets to the location where purchased in order to obtain a refund. Those who purchased at Aloha Stadium will need to return to the venue ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm).