Undisclosed Seattle Sounders player tests positive for COVID-19

The announced Monday that a member of the club’s first-team roster has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The undisclosed player is in quarantine and was placed into the necessary medical protocol, where he will remain until cleared and be monitored daily. All other Sounders players and club staffers have returned “multiple” negative tests and do have symptoms, according to a press release.

Sounders FC has determined that the risk to the overall team “has been managed,” since the infected player was not a close contact of other players or staffers.

The club said the positive case is unrelated to a confirmed positive case of a first-team staff member, which was announced Nov. 13. Since the initial case, the Sounders have altered training sessions, and implemented modified contact tracing procedures and a daily testing regiment.

 

A confirmed COVID-19 cases occurs when an individual receives two consecutive positive tests.

Sounders star forward Raúl Ruidíaz tested positive for COVID-19 last month while with the Peru national team for FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. He missed four league matches between the call-up and mandatory isolation before rejoining the club.

The No. 2-seeded Sounders host the No. 7-seeded LAFC in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday. The match begins at 7:30 p.m. PT.

 
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