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COVID-19 Update: USL Championship confirms nine players from eight clubs test positive

On Monday, the United Soccer League (USL) confirmed that 2,357 tests were administered to 1,227 players and club staff from the 35 Championship clubs, including the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, between June 30th and July 13th with nine individuals testing positive from eight clubs. 

The Riverhounds SC shared that only one player, Mark Lindstrom, was ‘Unavailable for Selection’ for Wednesday’s match vs Indy Eleven. Lindstrom had previously been on the ‘injury list’ for the previous two games due to a leg injury.

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Those players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the USL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities. Anyone identified via contact tracing will also be quarantined and tested

What happens after a positive test?

  • The individual will be immediately isolated and receive follow-up care and treatment from team physicians and infectious disease experts.
  • If appropriate (at the discretion of the team physician), the individual may be tested again to ensure the initial test was not a false positive.  
  • All indoor areas in which the individual has been will be closed for 24 hours for cleaning and disinfection.
  • The individual’s club, in consultation with the state or local health department, will conduct a contact tracing investigation.
  • Anyone identified in the contact tracing investigation will immediately quarantine and be tested one or more times on a schedule to be determined by the team physician

In conforming with league policy, and protecting the privacy of its players, the league nor the team have or will release the names of any players or personnel testing positive for COVID-19.

The results covered a two-week testing period — June 30-July 13. They do not include any results of last week’s testing. Both leagues postponed one game over the weekend because individuals tested positive.

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The USL Championship has resumed with 25 games played over the last two weeks, some with fans in the stands.

USL League One, the third division league, also played its season opener on Saturday.

The USL and USL Players Association will release test results on a weekly basis.

Traditionally USL clubs release injury reports prior to matches.





John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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