Steven Goff of the Washington Post has this quote from David Beckham about the teams in MLS with FieldTurf.
"There is one major thing that should actually change. I don't know whether I am being too controversial, but I think the fact that there are four or five teams with FieldTurf. As professional athletes, you can't play a game like soccer on that sort of field. The reaction of players and what it does to your body, as a soccer player, you [need] two or three days off for that. Every game, every team should have grass, without a doubt. You can't ask any athlete to perform at a high level on the FieldTurf."
Sorry, I'm just amused.
FieldTurf, I don't like it myself, but it's a fact of life in modern soccer today. Granted, most MLS teams that play on it right now do it as a temporary measure. The Revs, RSL and Red Bulls all say they want real grass in their permanent stadiums.
That's why to me, Canada was the danger point - a brand-new stadium installing FieldTurf? That's the apocalypse, right there. Yet for all the events they have scheduled for that venue, it was decided that was the most practical solution.
Yet a great Canadian striker, Tomas Radzinski, is possibly staying away from Toronto just on that basis. He told Ante Jazic that he despises artificial surfaces. Claudio Reyna really dislikes them as well. Now Beckham's against them.
Part of me thinks, "SUCK it up, guys. You knew that stuff was there when you joined the league."
On the other hand, I think about how many teams are missing out on perhaps getting good players on their fields because of the surface. Cobi Jones, in his final year in the league, may not play on any FieldTurf fields, because they affect him so much. Radz is avoiding signing with the league altogether, while David seems to want to avoid the turf games. If players don't play well in matches following turf games because they're beat up from that, it can only negatively affect the overall quality.
That doesn't seem like a bright idea at all. It's not just idealistically wanting grass, it's wanting a higher-level product in MLS. The turf could well be dragging that down.