TAMPA, Fla. – Birmingham Legion FC has advanced to the USL Championship Eastern Conference semifinals without playing a game as COVID-19 reared its ugly head again Saturday.
The United Soccer League announced that the conference quarterfinal match between Birmingham and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, scheduled for Sunday, at PNC Field (formerly BBVA Field) in Birmingham, Ala. has been canceled.
The decision to cancel the match comes after multiple covered persons from the Riverhounds organization have tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, Birmingham will advance to the conference semifinals, and will take on the winner of the match between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and FC Tulsa.
The USL did not say how many people had tested positive and whether they were players.
All league, local and state health and wellness protocols are being followed, the USL stated.