Covid-19: USL Championship match called off because of positive test result

The USL Championship was the first U.S. pro league to restart with league matches in home stadiums -- and in some cases fans in the stands -- when play resumed last weekend.

But it had to call off its first match since the restart when an individual on Rio Grande Valley FC tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement, the league said the individual was immediately isolated at home, is recovering and in good spirits and being cared for according to league, local and state health and wellness protocols.

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RGV FC was scheduled to host San Antonio FC on Friday night in its second match since the restart -- it lost at El Paso, 1-0, last Saturday -- and its first match at H-E-B Park in Edinburg.

The postponement came before SAFC left by bus for Edinburg, a three-and-half-hour ride. (The USL Championship devised the eight groups for the restart on a regional basis to allow buses to take teams on all road trips of less than 500 miles.)

The Rio Grande Valley along the U.S.-Mexico has been hit very hard by Covid-19 in the last month.

Hidalgo County, where Edinburg is situated, reported 22 additional deaths related to Covid-19 on Thursday and has almost 1,000 people hospitalized with Covid-19 complications. This week, it shut down all school-sponsored sports practices until public school reopens next month.
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