CHICAGO – Even before the 7 p.m. ET kickoff of Monday night’s international friendly against the United States, the Colombia women’s national team already had suffered a loss.
Four Colombian players were ruled out of the match against the USA at Exploria Stadium (FS1) due to COVID-19 protocols.
The four players were not identified.
A staff member in the Colombia delegation tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday after taking a test on arrival in Orlando. After contact tracing was instituted with the full cooperation and assistance of the Colombia team staff and players, it was determined that the staff member had contact classified as “low risk” with the three players. The staff member and three players immediately were isolated.
The three players took additional tests that came back with negative results, but out of an abundance of caution, both federations have agreed to hold the players out of the match.
Following that cautious approach, a fourth player also will not play in the match after she received inconclusive test results since arriving to Orlando.
If the four players test negative over the coming days, they could be cleared to play in the second meeting between the two teams at Exploria Stadium Friday, Jan 22.
All other members of the Colombia delegation, players and staff, tested negative on arrival and in multiple tests during their pre-camp prior to traveling to Orlando.
In a statement, U.S. Soccer said it thanked “the Colombia Football Federation and the Colombia women’s national team staff and players for their cooperation and adherence to the all of the COVID-19 protocols.”