everything you need to know about the Scaloneta, minute by minute

everything you need to know about the Scaloneta, minute by minute
everything you need to know about the Scaloneta, minute by minute

Sat. 22.06.2024-16:06

Gareca, on the same page as Scaloni when talking about the Copa América fields

A day after Lionel Scaloni exploded with the state of the playing field at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, his compatriot Ricardo Gareca, coach of the Chilean national team, criticized the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys , where his team tied against Peru in the second game of group A.

“According to what the players told me, the field was very dry and with limited spaces. We will have to adapt, but there is no doubt that there is always a team that adapts better than another,” said the coach.

Now, both will face each other on a new NFL field, Metlife Stadium, where the New York Jets and the New York Giants play, which was also forced to change the artificial grass for a natural one. In this stadium, which will host the final of the 2026 World Cup, a ‘Clasico’ will also be played on August 3, between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

If in Atlanta the problem is that the artificial turf was not replaced with grass until the last minute, at Metlife Stadium the debate is why the natural grass is not permanently left, especially after there was a plague of injuries to players of the NFL, 17 serious in the last 3 seasons.

Requests to take advantage of FIFA’s imposition of having natural grass to host the World Cup to make it permanent have been ignored by the president of the Giants, John Mara.

“It’s not possible with the amount of events at our stadium, particularly during football season having two teams there. How many times last year did we have back-to-back games where it rained during the first game, I can’t imagine what field of grass would have been seen on a second day,” Mara noted in 2023, when criticism was intensifying over the continued injuries.


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