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Andre Blake of Philadelphia Union watches as Hany Mukhtar of Nashville SC scores a goal in the first half of an MLS playoff soccer game in Chester, Pa. on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 (AP Photo / Chris Szagola )
The Philadelphia Union will be sidelined with no 11 players due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols when the team plays NYCFC in the MLS Eastern Conference final.
The failed players included captain Alejandro Bedoya and goalkeeper Andre Blake as well as defenders Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Kai Wagner and Alvas Powell. Strikers Corey Burke and Sergio Santos, midfielders Ilsinho and Quinn Sullivan, and goalkeeper Joe Bendik were also on the team’s list.
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The Union failed to train on Thursday due to league protocol but resumed training on Friday .
« Our players have worked tirelessly to get to this point. I know that they will be brave, even in the adversity we are facing, « said Union coach Jim Curtin. “We have had great moments all year round, whether it be international absences, the challenges of CONCACAF, players who have lost loved ones and adversity both on and off the field. This group always finds a way to level up. And I expect there will be more of them this weekend. We look forward to the challenge. We have a next-man-up mentality throughout the season. «
Sons of Ben ready to cheer the Union on for the biggest game in club history
These ardent fans supported the Philadelphia Union before the team even existed. If the Sunday brings a victory, the MLS Cup final is next.
Curtin announced during the regular season that all Union players had been vaccinated. The individual players may not have tested positive for the coronavirus, but they may have come into contact with someone with a suspected case.
On Saturday, Philadelphia added three players to its squad for the game, including defenders Brandan Craig and Anton Sorenson signed short-term contracts and added league goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh. The Union was able to get the players because of extreme hardship.
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