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Toronto Coach Ryan Nelsen thinking about lineup adjustment due to Turf fear

The anti-turf brigade has a less famous adherent in TFC's coach. He's considering reducing the strength of his team due to the state of CenturyLink Field.

That's scary stuff.
That's scary stuff.
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Toronto FC was off in week one. Jermaine Defoe is reportedly healthy and ready to play, but Ryan Nelsen may not play his full roster due to the quality of turf in Seattle. Sounders FC are used to this by now. Henry and Beckham regularly skipped matches due to their fear - it cost their clubs games.

Nelsen's statement is a bit more nuanced than "all artificial surfaces are bad."

And that may be true. It is not as good as Portland's turf. It is better than Vancouver's or New England's surface.

There's some nuance in the debate about the surface here. Just eight days into March the area got as much rain as it would in a full month. Grass fields throughout the area were bogged down and then tore apart when players made cut moves on them.

The current surface is not the worst Seattle's seen. That "award" goes to the end of 2011. It needs to be replaced as soon as possible. How soon that is is up to question. There may be enough time over the World Cup break, but no word from the club that this will be happening.

Toronto based reporter points something out about the turf concerns that is often ignored. The safety concerns are greatly overblown.

Sigi Schmid is not going to put out a weaker squad just because TFC thinks it needs to do so. In fact it is likely to be the first time that he deploys his Ideal XI in their 2014 tactical system. If Seattle is going up against the Reds without Defoe and Bradley they should be heavily favored.

That's probably OK for those in Rave Green.

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