The Philadelphia Union will likely be with out 11 gamers on Sunday when the workforce performs NYCFC within the MLS Jap Convention finals due to COVID-19 well being and security protocols.
The gamers out for the sport included captain Alejandro Bedoya and goalkeeper Andre Blake, in addition to defenders Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Kai Wagner and Alvas Powell. Forwards Corey Burke and Sergio Santos, midfielders Ilsinho and Quinn Sullivan and goalkeeper Joe Bendik had been additionally on the workforce’s checklist.
The Union had been unable to follow on Thursday due to the league’s protocol, however resumed coaching on Friday.
“Our gamers have labored tirelessly to get so far. I do know that they’ll be courageous, even within the adversity that we’re dealing with proper now,” Union coach Jim Curtin mentioned. “We’ve stepped up in huge moments all 12 months lengthy, whether or not it’s worldwide absences, the challenges of CONCACAF, gamers dropping family members, adversity each on and off the sphere. This group all the time finds a solution to step up. And I count on this weekend to be extra of the identical. We sit up for the problem. We’ve had a next-man-up mentality all season lengthy.”
Curtin introduced through the common season that all the Union gamers had been vaccinated. The person gamers might not have examined Positive for coronavirus, however might have come into contact with somebody with a suspected case.
On Saturday, Philadelphia added three gamers to its roster for the sport, signing defenders Brandan Craig and Anton Sorenson to short-term agreements and including league pool goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh. The Union had been ready to herald the gamers due to excessive hardship.