Monday afternoon Major League Soccer issued a press statement confirming that all Colorado Rapids soccer matches will be postponed for the next 10 days. The Sounders were scheduled to host the Rapids Wednesday Night at CenturyLink Field.
PLAYERS AND STAFF TEST POSITIVE
On September 28th the club announced that two players and nine staff members had tested positive for Covid-19 five days after it’s 5-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. After the positive test results, the Rapids stopped practicing, placed everyone in self-isolation, and conducted contact tracing per CDC guidelines. Two more players have tested positive for Covid-19 necessitating the need to cancel games.
SOUNDERS RUIDIAZ TEST POSITIVE
Sounder forward Raul Ruidiaz has tested for COVID-19 according to the Peru national team. Ruidiaz will miss Peru’s CONMEBOL South America 2022 World Cup Qualifying on Tuesday against Brazil. A timeline for Ruidiaz’s return to the Sounders has not been determined.
The translation of the statement follows below:
After receiving the report of the PCR tests conducted this morning, the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) and the players Raul Ruidiaz and Alex Valera, jointly announce that they will not be called up to the Peru vs. Brazil game for Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifying.
For everyone’s peace of mind, the players are not exhibiting serious symptoms.
In the hours prior to the aforementioned test results, in strict compliance with health and security protocols, the players were in total isolation. By doing this, the FPF ensures the execution of the competition rules as outlined by FIFA and CONMEBOL.
The FPF expects a favorable medical evolution for the players, making available its entire staff of professionals to supervise and follow each case. As such, the isolation process will be followed in coordination with the FPF.
Finally, the Peruvian national team maintains its firm commitment to seek out a win against its rival on Tuesday.
The Rave Green next play on Sunday, October 18 at San Jose, with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. PT (JOEtv, Prime Video, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM).