The United States men’s soccer team is spending its Tuesday night in Trinidad & Tobago, hoping to qualify for the World Cup with a victory or a tie.
But Mother Nature tried to get involved. A downpour leading to more than a half inch of rain on Monday flooded part of the field, and an unusually wet summer and early fall has kept things soaked in the area. Almost 3.6″ of rain has fallen so far this month, more than half of the typical 5.6″ of rain Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, usually receives in the month of October.
All-in-all, it led to the United States being forced to practice on a flooded soccer field on Monday, just a day before their critical World Cup qualifier.
Final training before Matchday 10 of the Hex is in the books.
— USMNT (@USMNT) October 9, 2017
— Tim Howard (@TimHowardGK) October 9, 2017
Another downpour re-soaked the field in the morning of Tuesday’s game.
Just started pouring in Trinidad.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) October 10, 2017
But the good news is the field was drained before kickoff. Field crews brought out a pump to drain the outer ring of the 10,000 seat Ato Boldon stadium, located about an hour south of Port of Spain, and the field looks in good position for the Tuesday night game.
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) October 10, 2017
— Sebastian Salazar (@SebiSalazarFUT) October 10, 2017
Play on, gentlemen!
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi