Sources told The Athletic that additional testing was conducted after multiple Pride players visited a bar in Orlando. That led the first positive result and then other testing. Bars reopened in Florida on June 5, but some bars in the Orlando area have since shutdown in response to new COVID-19 outbreaks or out of caution.
The Pride, which resumed training on May 8 (photo) after NWSL preseason was shut down in its first week in March, has taken the following steps:
-- The players and staff have received medical attention and will be isolated for at least 14 days;
-- Those who may have had close contact with the players, including housemates, have been notified and are being monitored for symptoms and will continue to undergo additional COVID-19 testing;
-- The Orlando Pride Training Ground, where the Pride trains, has also been closed and will undergo thorough cleaning and sterilization.
The Orlando Pride Training Ground is located in Sylan Park, 44 miles from the Orlando City SC Training Ground, which opened in January in Sanford. No Pride players or staff had any direct interaction with any players or coaching staff from Orlando City SC, which is preparing for the MLS is Back Tournament at the nearby ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, or Orlando City B, which plays in the USL League One.
“This was obviously a difficult and disappointing outcome for our players, our staff and fans," Orlando Pride executive vice president Amanda Duffy said in a news release. "However, this is a decision that was made in order to protect the health of all involved in the Challenge Cup. 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.”
Photo: Mark Thor/Orlando Pride