After six Orlando Pride players and four of the staff tested positive for COVID-19 the club is out of the Cup tournament in Utah. Here’s the official announcement:
“The National Women’s Soccer League announced today that six players and four staff members with the Orlando Pride have tested positive for COVID-19. Following the NWSL positive test protocol, a second round of tests will be conducted to confirm the initial results. Due to the number of positive tests, and the timeline necessary before returning to training and competition, Orlando has withdrawn from the upcoming NWSL Challenge Cup.”NWSL Media staff, 6/22/20
This can’t come as too huge a surprise; young players, in a state that has reopened bars, clubs, restaurants, beaches, and yet has a huge – over 100,000 – caseload of coronavirus cases? It would be more surprising if no one had contracted the pathogen.
To re-state Richard Hamje’s observation: “All of man’s monuments will have fallen to sand before Orlando gets a break.”
Then again, there’s this:
That was obviously not a good decision. Like the old knight in the Indiana Jones movie says: they chose…poorly.
Sadly, this is worse than the Pride’s shame. If this continues – and given that we’re still in the Plague Year it’s entirely possible – the entire enterprise in Utah becomes fraught. And if there is no NWSL until next April, can we feel confident that there will be an NWSL by then?