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December 14, 2015

Think About It: Field of Seams

The debacle over the playing field at Aloha Stadium that supposedly caused the United States Women's soccer team to cancel its game there shows a glaring case of ignorance, arrogance, nonchalance, or perhaps it was an effort to drive home a point. Whatever the case, thousands of Hawaii youngsters and adult fans alike were deprived of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Women's World Cup team in action. And this was done to possibly make a point? And now we have the to-be-expected fan-generated, class action lawsuit, a legal red card against the named defendants- the U.S. Soccer Federation and Aloha Stadium.

Was the field checked in advance and isn't that a regular job of someone associated with the U.S. National Team Federation? After all, the Sports Speed turf field wasn't just installed two weeks ago. And oh, by the way, the U.S. coach also questioned the width of the field. Isn't someone in the soccer administration responsible for checking the field, the contract and for maintenance updates if there really are concerns? If the U.S. Women's rightful push to play on quality grass fields, like the men's teams play on almost all of the time, continues to be ignored, can there really ever be a level playing field, pardon the pun? Was this really a public outcry for field equality, and thus the collateral damage was that the people of Hawai`i paid the price by having the game yanked from them with just 24-hours' notice?

Was this truly an effort to draw attention to inequality or a fateful critique of the surface at Aloha Stadium? Was the knee injury to star Megan Rapinoe at UH's grass field earlier the final straw the scared off the U.S. team regarding any imperfect field surface here? Who knows; but one thing for sure. Lots of local fans were rightfully let down at what was supposed to be a celebration of greatness and accomplishment. And that's a foul, a sorry kick in the shins for all involved. Think about it…

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