NYCFC player tests positive for COVID-19, but Week 20 match not impacted

An NYCFC player has tested positive for COVID-19 following pre-match testing on Friday, the club announced. The positive test was confirmed on Saturday morning following additional testing. 

The player is currently asymptomatic and all other first-team players returned negative tests both Friday during routine testing, and after additional testing conducted on Saturday. No NYCFC players or staff members are exhibiting symptoms.

Saturday's game at home to the Montreal Impact proceeded as scheduled.
 
All MLS players undergo Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests every other day, including the day before each match. The confirmation of a COVID-19 case occurs when a player receives two consecutive positive test results.

In accordance with local and league guidelines, the player will remain in self-isolation and be monitored by NYCFC medical staff under a strict and detailed protocol. The club is working closely with local health officials to conduct contact tracing for those that came in close contact with the player.