Five Nashville SC players test positive for COVID-19 in MLS bubble


NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 29: The Nashville SC starting lineup pose for a photograph before the game against Atlanta United at Nissan Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

There’s more COVID-19 trouble in the Major League Soccer bubble in Orlando. The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio and Sam Stejskal reported Sunday that five players on Nashville SC have tested positive for the coronavirus since arriving in Orlando.

One player tested positive during initial arrival testing, and four more tested positive in subsequent testing. They’re scheduled to face the Chicago Fire on Wednesday, but that match is in doubt now since the team hasn’t practiced since Tuesday. It’s possible that it could be postponed, which is what MLS did when nine FC Dallas players tested positive last week.

The positive tests don’t end there. Two members of the Colorado Rapids have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, and the team is delaying their flight to Orlando until Sunday.

If the Rapids end up being able to travel to Orlando on Sunday, they’ll all be tested there once they arrive. But as we’ve seen with both FC Dallas and Nashville SC, arrival testing may not catch everything.

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