U.S. soccer coach Bob Bradley called on FIFA to outlaw artificial turf following his team’s 3-1 loss to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying this week at Saprissa Stadium. Bradley was asked about the surface after his team defeated Honduras 2-1 Saturday night – back on the grass at Soldier Field. “We never make excuses, all right, so when we play poorly in Costa Rica, we look at ourselves,” Bradley said.
Then he went on and said soccer’s governing body should address the subject.
“The field is terrible, and FIFA should not allow artificial surfaces. They should have some courage. They should stop it,” Bradley said. “It’s no good for the players, and somehow I hope the players have the ability around the world to stand up and say we’re not playing on this, plain and simple.”