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March 13th 2018

FieldTurf Stitches Its Way into the Fabric of the MLS

With the 2018 Major League Soccer season officially underway, a new race for the coveted MLS Cup is in full effect. Of the six teams playing their home matches on artificial turf this year, five have trusted FieldTurf as their surface of choice – Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, Atlanta United FC, New England Revolution and Minnesota United FC.

Along with the five stadium surfaces, FieldTurf is installed at over ten training complexes around the MLS, clearly making it the preferred surface of North America’s top league.

Designed to embody the key characteristics of a pristine natural surface, FieldTurf has developed ideal systems for soccer by ensuring proper ball performance, optimal safety and energy return for players.

FieldTurf is a select member of the FIFA Preferred Producer Program, having met the high quality standards required to deliver elite-level pitches worldwide.

Is artificial turf safe for soccer? A 6-year independent study of collegiate men’s soccer, published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine by Dr. Michael C. Meyers compared injuries on FieldTurf vs Natural grass. The study showcased that FieldTurf systems led to:

  • 25% Fewer Total Injuries
  • 15% Fewer Injuries due to player-to-surface collisions

Do MLS players like playing on FieldTurf? Across the globe, the world’s most beautiful game has adopted FieldTurf into its rich tradition. Our systems hail stellar reviews from across the league. Here’s what the elite players and teams had to say:

“We continue to have what I believe to be the single-best artificial surface for pro soccer in the United States” - Merritt Paulson, President, Portland Timbers

“It’s a little bit more soft, so when you’re planting it feels a little easier on your joints.” – Clint Dempsey, Forward, Seattle Sounders

“It is our goal each year to provide the highest quality surface for both the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, and we were eager to take advantage of FieldTurf’s latest innovations.” – Jim Nolan, Senior Vice President, Gillette Stadium

“We are committed to providing the best turf playing surface available for our players. FieldTurf is known to provide top quality surfaces for soccer facilities, including the Portland Timbers’ Providence Park which is considered the best turf surface in MLS. We are pleased to partner with FieldTurf as our official surface provider.” Darren Eales, President, Atlanta United

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