USWNT Friendly Canceled Over Field Conditions

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A day after USWNT star midfielder Megan Rapinoe sustained a torn ACL in preparation for a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, the Hawai’i-hosted match has been canceled due to an unsafe playing surface.

Retired American star Julie Foudy used her Twitter account to poignantly express here disappointment with the apparent negligence given to the USWNT’s schedule and equipment:

Assuming that the near-total lack of oversight is true, Rapinoe’s injury is pretty much a worst-case scenario. Even though the women’s team won the World Cup this summer and received effusive praise from President Barack Obama at the White House a few months ago, this is a shameful moment that illustrates the types of inequalities that women athletes are still forced to overcome.

Here’s hoping that significant additional attention is now being placed on the field conditions for the three remaining friendlies scheduled for the team this month. The American squad is scheduled to face off against Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday the 10th at San Antonio’s Alamodome, which will be broadcast on ESPN2 . Then there will be two matches against China: the first in Phoenix on Sunday the 13th (ESPN2), and the second in New Orleans on Wednesday the 16th (Fox Sports 1).

The USWNT is in a pool with Costa Rica, Mexico, and Puerto Rico to qualify for the Olympics. Pool play will commence in the second week of next February, with America facing off against all three teams from February 10-February 15.

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