Tue, 26 May 2020

Union player tests positive for COVID-19; first in MLS

Field Level Media
02 Apr 2020, 12:40 GMT+10

A Philadelphia Union player tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first Major League Soccer competitor known to have contracted the illness.

The team made the announcement Wednesday on its website.

According to the Union, the unidentified player has "experienced mild symptoms and is feeling well and in good spirits. The player is observing appropriate isolation protocols. No other cases or symptoms within Philadelphia Union soccer operations have been identified at this time."

The team added, "Based upon guidance from Crozer-Keystone Health System medical officials, infectious disease specialists and Major League Soccer health officials, this case does not present a risk to our fans, our most recent opponent, LAFC, or any of the other Union players, staff, or personnel and Union players and personnel do not need to be tested as the team is outside of the 14-day window where anyone with team related interactions with the player would have reported symptoms."

The Union played to a 3-3 tie against LAFC on March 8 in Los Angeles. It was Philadelphia's second game of the season, following a 2-0 road loss to FC Dallas on Feb. 29.

MLS suspended its season on March 12, the day after the NBA halted its campaign following news that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. MLS originally announced a 30-day stoppage, but on March 19, it reset its target date to restart at May 10.

The league also stated its intention to play the full 2020 schedule.

A member of the New York City FC scouting department tested positive for coronavirus, the club announced March 19.

According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Wednesday evening, more than 935,000 people worldwide had been diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than 47,000 people had died. In the United States, more than 215,000 had tested positive, and more than 5,100 had died.

--Field Level Media

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