Los Angeles Football Club announced Friday that two more players on the squad have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total to three players to test positive this week.
As a result, the team has cancelled training and in-person activities at the Performance Center until further notice to try and prevent the spread from increasing at the club.
Here is the full statement from the club on the latest positive tests:
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) has learned that two additional players have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 in testing conducted following Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo. All other players and members of the Club have returned consecutive negative test results and do not have any symptoms.
For precautionary reasons due to the additional confirmed positive results, the Club has opted to cancel all in-person activities at the Performance Center until further notice.
The announcement comes after the Club confirmed one positive case from COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, Oct. 27. All three players that tested positive have entered self-isolation and will be monitored by the Club’s medical staff.
Per club and league policy, the identities of the players who have tested positive won’t be revealed, for privacy reasons, unless those individuals volunteer that information themselves.
While it was likely a matter of time, considering the coronavirus pandemic remains very much alive and not under control, a budding outbreak on the squad is always a concern. First and foremost, here’s hoping those who test positive do not become seriously ill themselves and recover in a timely fashion, and that they do not pass the virus on to others as much as can be helped.
Beyond that, multiple positives on the squad is also a potential issue for the upcoming game schedule. LAFC are scheduled to face the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday in San Jose. While the club’s statement makes no indication of whether the game will take place or not, based on prior examples around the league this season, it appears the game may be in doubt. Generally the league has allowed games to proceed when a single player tests positive, but when multiple players or other involved members of the club test positive, games have been postponed, and in some cases, cancelled entirely. This is what happened with the Colorado Rapids with their monthlong outbreak recently, which led to a game against LAFC being cancelled.
I have asked the club for insight on whether the game Sunday is going to proceed or not, but honestly, they may not be certain themselves at this point. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an announcement Friday or Saturday, but we’ll see what happens.
As always, wear a mask when outside your home, practice responsible social distancing, do not go out if you feel sick and wash your hands well, regularly. Best wishes to those who have tested positive.
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