Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Field complaints

Over the course of this year, Mexico coach Hugo Sanchez has complained about fields in the United States. He said the poor field conditions during the Gold Cup hindered his team's play in that tournament.

Now, Mexico is back in the U.S. and so are Sanchez's complaints. Mexico will play Brazil at Gillette Stadium and will play on an artificial surface, which apparently he feels is beneath him and his team.

"We're going to do everything possible to ensure that all of our games are stadiums and fields that are worthy of the Mexican national team.

"When the conditions consist of a grand stadium, a great field and ideal weather, it motivates you and you play completely different than you normally do, which is what happened (Sunday). The fact that the field will be in conditions that neither Brazil nor us will like, we'll see who best adapts to those conditions."

At least Sanchez is an equal-opportunity complainer. He complained about the conditions in Puebla's Estadio Cuauhtemoc. The stadium could not sustain a heavy downpour and Mexico's match against Panama on Sunday was abandoned at halftime.

4 comments:

Matt L said...

While Huge is annoying, I applaud anyone who complains about the pitches in the US. Many are in sad shape and no professional soccer should be played on artificial turf. I prefer the packed mud conditions of the Prem in February.

el chueco said...

I just don't understand why Mexico allowed SUM to schedule this match in Boston. At this rate, they'll play in Seattle and Columbus next...

Bonji said...

He should bring his team to DSG Park in Denver more often. The field is always beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Luis, I just wanted to point out to you that Dos Santos was born to a mexican mother and a brazilian father. He lived in Monterrey until the age of 12 and then moved to Barcelona. This is regarding your story which was published yesterday online about the Brazil-Mexico game. It's not that big a deal but it's minor details like these that could lead people to believe that he is brazilian, he's not.

Thanks for your time.