More information regarding the Union players and their status for Sunday’s game
More details have been released following the breaking information regarding the cancellation of the Union’s practice due to COVID protocols. The Union are at risk of missing some key players in the Eastern Conference final. Only nine players were at Friday’s training session as the rest have entered the league’s health and safety COVID protocols.
Here’s a look at who was spotted at today’s practice.
Leon Flach wasn’t pictured but was present at practice. Positive COVID tests mean contract tracing, but that does not imply a player is in the clear. If a player tests negative, they still must self-isolate for 24 hours and take an additional rapid COVID test. With the game being at 3 p.m., there isn’t much time left to receive a negative test and to be able to play on Sunday.
Any player that tests positive could potentially miss the MLS Cup if the Union were to get that far. However, Jim Curtin and the Union should be more focused on the current task at hand. Once, it can be determined who tests positive; that’s when you can determine who is a close contact or not.
Close contacts can play games as long as they undergo daily testing, quarantine when not at practice, and wear a face mask. If a player is a “high-risk close contact”, they can’t play in games and have to isolate. This classification is for players who live together, eat next to each other, or are in a closed space for more than 15 minutes.
For now, Jim Curtin certainly has his hands full ahead of a significant match on Sunday. Hopefully, there are many negative tests on Saturday.
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