The final touches are still being put on Toronto FC's training centre but the early reviews of the practice pitch are already in.
"Shocking," says head coach Paul Mariner.
"It's pretty rough right now," added midfielder Julian de Guzman.
The $20-million training centre was announced with great fanfare as a state-of-the-art facility at Downsview Park in north Toronto.
When completed it will feature three grass fields (one heated), one FieldTurf field with a bubble and a 40,000-square-foot field house with locker-rooms, training facilities and team offices.
The team is currently training on a spotty-looking windswept grass pitch while workers toil away outside the fence.
"It's not easy to play on," said de Guzman. "With the wind on top of that, it's not easy to adjust to."
Striker Ryan Johnson is more worried about the gusting wind at the training centre than the pitch.
"Here, you just feel it everywhere," he said.
Is the pitch going to get better?
"I really hope so," said de Guzman. "It doesn't look like anybody's been working on it, to be honest."
Mariner preferred to see the glass half-full, noting the facility is still somewhat of a building site.
"It's not ideal. If I'm really really honest, I've trained on a lot worse. So you've got to get to with it. Do I want it better? Of course, I do."