CHICAGO – Two of the four players from the Argentina women’s national team that were ruled out of the team’s opening SheBelieves Cup match against Brazil Feb. 18 have been cleared to face Canada Sunday at Exploria Stadium (6 p.m. ET on FS2 and TUDN App/TUDN.tv).
Adriana Sachs and Eliana Stabile have tested negative in serial testing since their arrival in accordance with U.S. Soccer’s COVID-19 protocols.
The two other Argentina players are still not eligible to play. One of those players tested positive upon arrival in Orlando and in subsequent testing. She had no high-risk contacts and has been isolated since the first positive test result. This player has been ruled ineligible for the tournament.
U.S. Soccer worked with the Argentina Football Association on a replacement for that player and goalkeeper Laurina Oliveros joined the squad prior to the first match. Oliveros was tested in accordance with U.S. Soccer’s protocols before being confirmed eligible to play today.
The second player, Natalia Juncos, also was isolated after inconsistent test results on arrival and is not eligible to play Sunday. The two players who were deemed high-risk contacts with her are the ones who have subsequently tested negative in serial testing and have been cleared to play.
All other members of the Argentina delegation — players and staff — tested negative since arrival and in multiple tests during their pre-camp prior to traveling to Orlando. In addition, all members of the USA, Brazil and Canada delegations – players and staff — have tested negative in multiple tests since arrival in Orlando.
U.S. Soccer thanked the Argentina Football Association and the Argentina national team staff and players, as well as those for Canada and Brazil, for their cooperation and adherence to all the COVID-19 protocols.