The Portland Thorns star joined a teammate in complaining about extra guests in their hotel rooms during a recent trip to Kansas City.
Portland Thorns forwards Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair both took to Twitter earlier this week to complain of bed bugs during a recent road trip at FC Kansas City.
“.@NWSL there’s no other way to address continuing problems,” Morgan wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “Hotels have been unacceptable. For ex. :Bed bugs/mold @ Adams Mark Hotel in KC.”
The NWSL leaves it up to home teams to set up accommodations for visiting teams, though league rules do require host hotels to have at least three-star ratings. The Adam’s Mark does meet this requirement — even if its Yelp reviews are less-than-stellar.
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Tuesday afternoon, the league reacted to the criticism with the following statement:
“During a recent road trip, a Portland Thorns FC player reported finding bed bugs in her hotel room at the team hotel in Kansas City. The hotel apologized, quickly provided a new room, and insisted the problem had been corrected. Upon learning of the situation, the League immediately spoke with both clubs, and FC Kansas City had already addressed the issue. For the remainder of the season, rooms have already been secured at another hotel. Player safety and comfort is important to all teams of the NWSL, and we are always seeking ways to improve our club and League operations. We regret this situation and apologize to the player involved.”
The controversy is another bit of bad PR for league that has seen online streams crash during vital games and been without key players for significant chunks of this season — first for the Women’s World Cup, and currently for the USWNT’s “Victory Tour.”
FC Kansas City is the defending league champion.