The US Virgin Islands Soccer Association said it is not to blame for the cancellation of its squad’s friendly match against the Philippine national men’s football team originally slated Friday (Saturday morning Manila time) in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In a news release, USVI Soccer Association secretary-general Chantel Bird said it was the promoter that pulled out of the planned series of matches, which also would have included a match against the semi-professional Chicago Inferno squad.
“We were working with a promoter and due to low and slow ticket sales he pulled out,” said Bird. “This is a very disappointing situation, but is out of our control. As a remedy to this situation the President of the Chicago Inferno, Todd Short tried to book a private plane for both the St. Thomas and St. Croix players and staff, however, it was extremely costly and out of budget.”
The Azkals are in the United States for a two-match training tour. They lost to the Inferno in the first match, 3-1, last Sunday in Illinois.