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 By Chris Wright
Aug 19, 2014

Portland greeted by horrendous pitch in Guyana

Caleb Porter's Portland Timbers will begin their CONCACAF Champions League campaign on a cricket pitch.
Caleb Porter's Portland Timbers will begin their CONCACAF Champions League campaign on a cricket pitch.

With his side having traipsed some 4,700 miles to the Caribbean to square off against Guyana's Alpha United in the CONCACAF Champions League group stages, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson ventured down to the venue on Monday to have a look at the setup for Tuesday evening's entertainment.

It was at that point that Paulson came face-to-face with one of the worst, most grass-bereft playing surfaces to stage an "elite" football match in recent memory.

Look at the state of it!

As you may be able to tell from the picture, Alpha United are playing the CONCACAF home fixtures on a cricket pitch.

This comes roughly a week after Belize champions Belmopan Bandits were hoofed out of the very same competition before playing a single game for supposedly having a "sub-standard" stadium and facilities.

We can only imagine how unimaginably terrible the Bandits' ground must have been if CONCACAF deems Alpha United's place to be perfectly fit for purpose.

Oh well, we've always thought turf is overrated anyway!

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