DC United have slammed the pitch at BMO Field as 'disastrous' after Toronto FC's 1-0 victory there this weekend.
United slipped to their second defeat in two MLS regular season games as Jermain Defoe secured victory for the Canadian side.
The game was played in near freezing conditions in Ontario and sections of the playing surface were lifted up and tufts of dead grass obviously affected both team's ability to pass the ball.
“It was a disaster,” Fabian Espindola of United said. “An absolute disaster. There were holes, chunks of grass missing. It was as bad as any field I’ve ever played on.”
Toronto FC have occasionally played indoors at the Rogers Center, home of the Toronto Blue Jays but the team decided to risk the outdoor elements last weekend.
The temperature for the game at the weekend hit a high of 38 degrees Fahrenheit but dipped to just 18 degrees later in the evening.
ProSoccerTalk hinted that one reason Toronto decided to host the game outdoors was in order to welcome new signings, Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley and Julio Cesar in their home stadium rather than a building not directly affiliated to the club.
Temperatures are expected to rise in the coming weeks and with it, the field quality is likely to improve also.