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Racing Louisville coach slams Kansas City practice field conditions

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Racing Louisville FC lost 1-0 against the Kansas City Current on Monday. But according to Racing manager Kim Björkegren, the club’s woes started a day earlier due to the conditions of the practice field.

The visiting team planned to practice Sunday at Park University’s Hemingway Field, according to a report.

“We were trying to do a training here in Kansas, but we couldn’t do it because of the quality of the pitch that they gave us,” Björkegren said after the loss. “We had a goal that was not a normal goal, that was falling down on [Jordyn] Bloomer, our goalkeeper.”

Bloomer was in a boot and crutches, and the club is concerned about her condition and waiting to learn more, reported WHAS11’s Tyler Greever.

Katie Lund, the usual starter, played in net for the match, and emergency backup Hillary Beall was flown in to replace Bloomer. Bloomer has not played in any regular-season matches so far, but did play in a Challenge Cup match against the Houston Dash in April.

“It had been a mess with many things, and I think these kinds of things can’t be a part of a professional league,” Björkegren added.

In response, the Kansas City Current said they will look into the incident, but also said the practice field is the same one that has been provided to all visiting teams “without incident.”

The league’s operations manual states that visiting teams should be given reasonable access to use of the home team’s practice facilities, per The Athletic’s Meg Linehan.

Kansas City is in the process of building a soccer-specific stadium as well as a brand new training facility. Those plans were unveiled in September 2021. The team currently plays at Children’s Mercy Park.

Racing forward Nadia Nadim took to her Twitter account to call out the training conditions. While no official announcement has been made connecting the falling goal and Bloomer’s injury, Nadim seemed to allude to a connection. She also called on the NWSL to take action.

“Giving poor conditions, trying to benefit in order to beat us, with our teammate getting hurt as a result,” she wrote. “Whatever it takes to win right? This cant be happening in a league that suppose to be one of the best?!”