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Canadian coach Mitchell disappointed in BMO Field

TSN.ca Staff

8/25/2008 12:39:08 AM

While Canada's National Men's soccer head coach Dale Mitchell was disappointed about his squads result, a one-goal draw with Jamaica in the 2010 World Cup qualifying round, he was more noticeably upset with the turf at Toronto's BMO Field.

Mitchell told the TEAM 1040 Sports Radio in Vancouver that he was happy that Canada's soccer squad won't be in Toronto again this year, as the ball bounced around too much on the artificial surface during the game.

"I'm pleased that we're not going to play on it again during this qualification around in 2008," he said. "I hope we don't in 2009, I don't think it's a good surface".

Mitchell went on to say that he has seen a lot of Toronto FC's games over the last two seasons and thinks that the MLS team doesn't play at the same quality as they do when they play on natural grass.
 
With the transfer of Maurice Edu to Rangers in Scotland, Mitchell hopes that they can put those transfer funds towards a better pitch at BMO Field.

"I'm hopeful over time they can change the surface in Toronto because they have everything else in place in terms of having a great MLS franchise," he added.