LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has spoken out against artificial turf, saying that the MLS should get rid of it.
Keane told ESPN FC's Graham Parker that he "hates" turf and that players should never play on artificial fields.
"I've said it before and said it so many times. If this league wants to progress -- or any league in the world -- turf has to go,” Keane said. “In this day and age, playing on turf, it's not good enough. It's completely different -- it's not good for you.”
The Galaxy recently played the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup semifinals at CenturyLink Field, which has an artificial surface instead of grass.
The Irish striker also said that he sympathizes with the top female players who have filed a lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association for planning to use turf at next year’s Women’s World Cup. The women, including USWNT stars Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, argue that the decision to use turf is gender discrimination since every men’s World Cup is played on grass.
“Of course I feel sorry for [the women's players], because I hate it, and I think no one likes to play on turf -- completely different game,” Keane said.
In four seasons with the Galaxy, Keane has 53 goals in the regular season and eight in the playoffs. LA is seeking their third MLS Cup in four years on Sunday when they play the New England Revolution at home.
- Danielle Zhu