Despite reports on social media of Team USA being unable to train at the Ato Boldon Stadium (ABS) ahead of Tuesday's World Cup Qualifier, the public is advised that heavy rains on Monday morning caused the stadium track to become waterlogged. Team USA was booked for a one-hour session from 11:00am at the ABS and learned of the track situation en route to Couva. The field was not affected in any way.
FIFA Match Commissioner Hector Canchola Nunez conferred with ABS Facility Manager Jeffrey John and they concluded that the training session should be shifted to the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium for the players' comfort and safety. However, Team USA took the field despite warnings from Mr John about the unsuitability of the surface at the time and the impeding of preparation for Tuesday's game. The session proceeded with the team coach accepting full responsibility for the players' physical safety while at the venue.
The Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT), in preparation for Tuesday's qualifier, has requested the services of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation and Office of Disaster Preparedness & Management (ODPM) to be on standby in the event of further inclement weather.
SporTT is working closely with the Match Commissioner as well as the TT Football Association to ensure the venue's readiness for the important international match between the USA and Trinidad & Tobago and assures patrons that they should anticipate an exciting and memorable event come Tuesday evening.