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Orlando Pride withdraws from NWSL Cup

Article Written by J.R. Eskilson
Published: June 22, 2020

The NWSL announced on Monday that the Orlando Pride is withdrawing from the upcoming NWSL Challenge Cup after six players and four staff tested positive for COVID-19. 

“The health and safety of our players and staff is our number one priority and our thoughts are with those players and staff fighting this infection, as well as the entire club in Orlando that have been impacted as a result,” NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said in a press release. “We’re all obviously disappointed, but in the current environment, this is a situation that we have prepared for and we will now adjust our plans and schedules to reflect the circumstances.”

The NWSL Challege Cup is scheduled to kick off on June 27 from Zions Bank Stadium in Utah. NWSL will release an updated schedule in the coming days with only eight teams taking part in the event. 

“This was obviously a difficult and disappointing outcome for our players, our staff and fans, however this is a decision that was made in order to protect the health of all involved in the Challenge Cup,” Orlando Pride EVP Amanda Duffy said in a press release. “While we were all excited to see the 2020 Pride on the field this weekend, our priority is now making sure our players and staff  safely recover and providing any support wherever and however possible.”

Orlando Pride also said in a press release that the players will be quarantined for 14 days, and they will continue to undergo additional testing. 

UPDATE: The Athletic is reporting that trip to a local bar is the likely "at the root" of the outbreak

 
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