In a stunning development, the Riverhounds SC won’t be moving to play in the USL Championship playoffs — as Sunday’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match Sunday vs Birmingham Legion FC, was officially cancelled due to postive COVID-19 cases within the team and the organization.
The annnouncement came from the USL Championship this morning.
The cancellation is the result of a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases within our team. Because of the positive tests, it was determined that there was no way for the team to safely travel to Birmingham, Ala., and field a full, competitive team for Sunday’s playoff match.
The most important thing for our club is the safety of our players. Those who have tested positive are currently in quarantine, and we hope for a rapid and full recovery for all of our players experiencing symptoms.
“I’m gutted right now for Bob Lilley, his staff and our players to have the season end like this after all their hard work,” Riverhounds owner Tuffy Shallenberger said through a team release. “I’m also disappointed for our fans, who have been behind us all season. I hate to see our season end this way, but we’re going to come back even stronger next season.”
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