Lest we forget, the Caribbean has been devastated by hurricanes and tropical
storms this fall even though Trinidad & Tobago, located off the coast from Venezuela, was spared the worst. There was almost another inch of rain in Couva on Sunday night.
Boldon says his first reaction was to be annoyed that Tuesday's game could be impacted by flooding, then he was told about all the rains in the area.
"Stadia flood all over the world so I am looking at it a bit differently now," he told Trinidad's Newsday. "No amount of drainage would have probably helped that situation."
Asked about the reaction to the conditions on social media, Boldon responded, "Everybody thinks global warming is a hoax until it affects something big, or something you do for a living."
Any number of reasons have been given for moving the game from the Hasely Crawford Stadium -- the national stadium in Port of Spain -- to Couva -- where the 10,000-seat stadium was built for the 2001 Under-17 World Cup.
They don't matter now.
It will all be about getting Ato Boldon Stadium ready for Tuesday night. Bruce Arena said the USA couldn't train much on the field, where the flooded conditions extended on to the corners of the field on Monday. T&T coach Dennis Lawrence said he thought the conditions would not be a problem for the two teams.
The Trinidad & Tobago Football Association, with its well-earned reputation for corruption and mismanagement, came in for lots of ridicule on Monday.
Lasana Liburd, the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com who made a career of reporting on the TTFA, noted that Ato Boldon Stadium belongs to the T&T government, not the TTFA, and key executives in charge of maintaining the stadium had been placed on administrative leave on the advice of T&T's Attorney General, which has been investigating allegations of corruption in the Sport Company of Trinidad & Tobago, which oversees T&T sports.
Liburd did not pull any punches on either side:
"Mr Live Wire can only assume that the USSF officials also dice up meat and vegetables for their macho players, cut the ends off their sandwiches and tuck them to bed too. How sweet.
"In Trinidad and Tobago, players don’t even get a visit from their football president when they are nursing gunshot wounds or hospitalised for massive heart attacks."
Can the T&T sports ministry headed by Daryl Smith get the waterlogged ground ready in just 24 hours? That was a legitimate concern, given the Sport Company of Trinidad & Tobago's staffing shortage and the image of a solitary drain pump working away in one corner of the stadium, prompting Liburd to ask:
"Will they send Smith to Couva with a straw?"