Next month, the U.S. football team, men’s category, will meet with Venezuela at Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati. It will be the second trip to Nippert that Gregg Berhalter, the U.S. manager, to coach a game. His first trip was in 2017 during the U.S. Open Cup game versus F.C. Cincinnati. That day’s events left Berhalter with an impression. Speaking in a U.S. teleconference on 16th March, he expressed his anger about their defeat. The consultation was set as part of the lead up to the US-Venezuela contest on 6TH June. Berhalter described his earlier stay at the stadium. Amongst other topics deliberated was the controversy surrounding the use of impermanent natural-grass playing area over Nippert’s human-made surface for the match.
Thousands of tickets already sold out
While remembering Columbus Crew SC’s 1-0 defeat to F.C. Cincinnati, Berhalter expressed his liking for the stadium appearance. The U.S. will consider offering a similar atmosphere for the Venezuela game. Before the beginning of Berhalter’s remarks, a spokesman for the U.S. team communicated to the media members of the consultations that about 19, 000 tickets were already booked for the play. The match will work as the national team’ s last tune-up for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, a continent event for South America, the Caribbean, and North America.
Issues concerning the playing surface
In mid-April, news hit headline when the U.S. player association (USNSTPA) declared that the player’s opposition taking place on 9th June to play on suggested temporary grass surface which will be atop the human-made turf at Nippert. This idea became a really big issue for all parties involved. When Berhalter was asked about his opinion on the playing surface disaster that was finally set aside by U.S. Soccer, he expressed his confidence that a quality surface will be used in the game.