For all the vampires, werewolves and other monsters in the crowd tonight, it was the Qwest Field pitch that sent shivers down the spine of Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena.
“This field wasn’t easy to play on for either team,” he said. “… I guess they watered it down before the game so it was slick. When it’s this cool, it’s going to stay wet and fast the whole time. Once we got here we could see that the field was playing faster than it did (Saturday) when we were training in the pouring rain. This kind of played like the MLS final last year – a real slick surface, and the field is a little bit hard. It’s a tough field to play on.”
Edson Buddle, who scored the lone goal in his team’s 1-0 win, agreed.
“I don’t like turf at all,” he said. “I’ve always said that. I’m sure the players here would prefer grass.”
Most Sounders admit they prefer grass. But midfielder Steve Zakuani didn’t think the pitch was unusually difficult Sunday.
“We’re used to it all the time because we play here all the time and we train here,” he said. “I didn’t think it was any different to how it’s been. I just feel that maybe the game next week will be a better game: on grass and the big field at Home Depot.”
Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said tonight that the current turf is likely to be used again next season.