Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2020. 7:35 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Try though the Green Machine might, they ultimately could not outrun the monster known as COVID-19.
Their evening match in the CONCACAF League with Haiti’s Arcahaie F.C. had to be postponed after tests found four (4) players and four (4) coaches infected with the virus earlier today, and another two (2) players testing positive while traveling via Panama. All infected are said to be asymptomatic, in otherwise good physical condition, and high spirits.
The team wrote in a statement this evening that the exposure is “despite all the extensive safety measures and practices we were following”.
The governing body is said to be in deliberations concerning the continued participation of both teams in the competition.
The team says it is complying with CONCACAF medical protocol and is determined to bring each player and staff member home safely and hopefully virus-free, though they will certainly face quarantine on return.
The match was to be played at the Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – the country with the most infections in Central America and the Caribbean.
Verdes initially trained in Cancun, Mexico, with local restrictions on contact sports in effect, starting earlier this month before flying to the Dominican Republic over the weekend.
As yet there is no tracing of how players or coaches got the virus.
At least one other CONCACAF match scheduled for tonight had players infected with COVID-19, but not enough to postpone.
When the match is ultimately played, the winner has a chance to become one of six participants in the CONCACAF Champions League next year.
Verdes is also awaiting a return of the national competition, the Premier League of Belize.
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