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Columbus Crew: A second player tests positive for COVID-19; Nagbe, Santos out for MLS Cup – The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus Crew SC midfielder Darlington Nagbe (6) controls the ball from New England Revolution midfielder Thomas McNamara (26) in the second half during the MLS Eastern Conference Final at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on December 6, 2020.

Two days earlier than the membership’s greatest match in half a decade, one other player examined positive for COVID-19 and the Crew revealed it will likely be with out two of its prime gamers.

The Crew introduced in an announcement {that a} second player has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 this week, and midfielders Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos will miss MLS Cup on Saturday towards the Seattle Sounders.

In a testing replace launched Thursday night time by the membership, the Crew stated one further player returned a confirmed positive check after one player was confirmed positive on Tuesday. No different gamers or employees members examined positive.

“The well being and security of all gamers and employees stays the very best precedence for the membership and Crew SC has been in common communication with Main League Soccer and native well being authorities on the matter,” the membership assertion stated.

Nagbe and Santos have been listed as “medically not cleared to play” on the harm report launched Thursday night time, a designation created particularly for this season on account of potential coronavirus circumstances that made gamers unavailable.

Nagbe and Santos haven’t any recognized accidents. The membership doesn’t disclose the identification of the gamers who examined positive.

Regardless of the extra positive case, the Crew stated in its assertion that it’s going to practice on Friday forward of Saturday’s last towards Seattle. Main League Soccer has not stated something publicly on the current positive tests.

MLS doesn’t require groups to reveal positive circumstances.

Nagbe was scratched from Thursday’s media availability, however was later rescheduled to speak Friday together with coach Caleb Porter. Given he is now in quarantine, that schedule may change once more.

The Crew introduced Tuesday that one player had tested positive for COVID-19, however the workforce has not restricted its coaching this week in preparation for MLS Cup. Each different player was in coaching on Wednesday, which incorporates the player who was introduced as a confirmed positive Thursday.

Nagbe and Santos are two of an important gamers on the Crew. Nagbe’s environment friendly passing and talent to maintain possession underneath strain makes him among the best midfielders in MLS.

Santos was tied for second-leading scorer in the course of the common season and has scored two targets in the course of the playoffs.

Thus far, 10 gamers — 33% of the roster — on the Crew have examined positive for the novel coronavirus this postseason alone. In complete, the membership has had 11 gamers contract the virus. One player examined positive for COVID-19 again in July earlier than the beginning of the MLS is Again Event.

Seven players tested positive for COVID-19 before the conference semifinal game against Nashville and an eighth player tested positive previous to the convention last towards New England Revolution.

All eight of these gamers have since recovered and usually are not listed as “medically not cleared to play.”

Between the eighth player who had examined positive and the confirmed positive check on Monday, the Crew had 5 days with none positive tests.

The Crew has one other spherical of testing on Friday

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