“Not playing the match in Hawaii was a turning point for our group to demand better standards. Turf is not good — your body takes a toll. We want to be on grass, we want to be on good surfaces. I think we deserve that.
“We trained on the surface the day before for the first time. We had to alter our training session. … As a team, we met on the bus on our way back to the hotel. That’s when we made the decision. … We knew it could get ugly. But U.S. Soccer was supportive of it, and they apologized.”
– Carli Lloyd, on the decision by the U.S. women team not to play on a crappy artificial field in Honolulu on Dec. 6. She was interviewed by Glenn Crooks for CBS New York.