The Chicago Red Stars need a new opponent for their opening match of the NWSL Challenge Cup on Saturday.
The Red Stars were slated to play the Orlando Pride, but the Pride announced on Monday that they were dropping out of the Cup due to several players and staff testing positive for COVID-19. The Pride said all of the players and staff who tested positive were asymptomatic.
“While we were all looking forward to seeing the Pride return to the field, we are unfortunately facing a decision that is necessary and in the best interest for the health of our players and staff,” said Daryl Osbahr, M.D., team doctor for Orlando Pride and chief of sports medicine for Orlando Health. “The decision goes far beyond just the positives, but also taking into consideration roommates or partners.
“I commend the Club for its diligence and reaction following the initial positive test, as well as how the safety of players and staff was prioritized during this difficult and uncertain time. However the guidelines and process that are put in place, including the important protocols and timelines for contact tracing, make it logistically impossible for the Club to participate in the Challenge Cup in Utah.”
The NWSL announced it will adjust and release a new tournament bracket for eight teams, instead of nine, now that Orlando has dropped out.
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Baseball is back in Chicago on Tuesday-- well at least it’s back in Rosemont.
The Chicago Dogs are hosting their home opener at Impact Field, with fans in the stands, Tuesday evening.
To help ensure the safety of everyone in attendance, the Dogs say they are taking extra precautions, including taking the temperature of staff before they enter the ballpark and requiring all staff to wear masks and gloves when they interact with fans. The team is also hiring additional staff to disinfect surfaces before, during and after the game.
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In addition, the team has updated their seating chart to allow space among fans. People will only be able to buy up to four seats next to each other. Aisles will also be marked for one-way foot traffic. Attendance will be capped at 20% capacity as well.
Out on the concourse, the team will promote social distancing by separating the area with stanchions and marking one-way traffic. You won’t have to open the door to go to the bathroom either, as they will be propped open for contactless entry and exit.
All of those measures are certainly out of the ordinary, so to add a sense of normalcy to the ball game Wayne Messmer will sing the national anthem.
And what would a day at the park be without a giveaway? Fans will also be treated to a bobblehead of Mike Ditka wearing a Chicago Dogs sweater.
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