While we’re all very excited to have the Seattle Sounders back in MLS Cup, we were reminded this morning that there is still a pandemic going on. Columbus Crew SC announced this morning via a press release that another first-team player has tested positive for Covid-19.
This is the ninth Crew player to test positive during the postseason. Columbus announced in their press release that of the nine players to test positive, six have subsequently returned negative tests and are back training with the team.
It had been reported previously that MLS would consider cancelling playoff matches if an outbreak happened with a partipating team, but that hasn’t happened yet and likely won’t for MLS Cup. If you remember, the Crew had six players test positive ahead of a playoff match and the league didn’t cancel that game.
The reality is that there has been a steady drip of positive tests within the #Crew96 camp during the playoffs, but at this point, the only way #MLSCup doesn't get played is if there are a bunch of positive tests the day before the match.— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) December 9, 2020
It’s likely that MLS Cup will be played no matter what, as Jeff Carlisle of ESPN points out. As it stands, Columbus is also still planning on allowing fans to be in the stadium, despite Ohio’s governor extending a statewide curfew to combat the outbreak in that state.