The Full 90

August 23, 2014

Temperature on field at FCKC playoff game reached 159.3 degrees

The artificial turf at UMKC’s Durwood Stadium reached 159 degrees when measured by a field supervisor with an infrared thermometer.

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It’s been a pretty mild summer by Kansas City standards — except for the last few days.

Unfortunately for Alex Morgan and her FC Portland Thorns teammates, they played FC Kansas City in the NWSL playoffs on Saturday and temperatures pushed 100 degrees.

On the field at UMKC’s Durwood Stadium, it was much, much worse.

The artificial turf reached 159 degrees when measured by a field supervisor with an infrared thermometer.

Afterward, Morgan tweeted this photo:

Morgan was one of the stars on the U.S. women’s national team who criticized FIFA for playing next year’s World Cup in Canada on artificial-turf fields.

“They are treating us as second class to the men,” Morgan told TMZ Sports, “using the women as guinea pigs in their experiment is just not right.”

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