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Grass pitch was slippery, both teams agree

The Rapids and Sounders seemed to have trouble with their footing on the temporary grass pitch that was brought into CenturyLink Field for the friendly with Manchester United on Wednesday.

“The rain made it a little tougher, so the field was a little heavier than it would have been without the rain,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “The ball was pretty dead when you hit long balls, so balls would stay in play, which created opportunities for them because of their speed up front and also created opportunities for us on the flanks where those switching balls would sit. Don’t take offense to this, but if it was the turf, some of those switching balls to Mauro and Alvaro are going to run out of bounds.”

Colorado noticed the same thing, but didn’t use the pitch as an excuse.

“Both teams have to play on it whether it is turf or grass,” Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni said. “We had two leads in this game, if anything it helped us out. Some weird plays and a few strange bounces, we were just on the wrong end of the score.”