League without 11 players for MLS East final against NYCFC


The Philadelphia Union will be without 11 players on Sunday when it faces NYCFC in the MLS Eastern Conference final because of COVID-19 health and safety regulations.

Players out included captain Alejandro Bedoya and goalkeeper Andre Blake, as well as defenders Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Kai Wagner and Alvas Powell. Forwards Corey Burke and Sergio Santos, midfielders Ilsinho and Quinn Sullivan and goalkeeper Joe Bendik are also on the team’s list.

Union was unable to practice on Thursday because of tournament regulations, but resumed practice on Friday.

“Our players have worked tirelessly to get to this point. I know they will be brave, even in the adversity we’re facing right now,” said Union coach Jim Curtin. “We have entered key moments throughout the year, whether it is international absences, CONCACAF challenges, players losing loved ones, adversities both on and off the pitch. This group always finds a way to get ahead. And I expect this weekend to be the same. We look forward to the challenge. We had a follow-up mentality of men throughout the season. “


Curtin announced throughout the season that all Union players were vaccinated. The individual players may not have tested positive for coronavirus, but may have been in contact with someone with a suspected case.

On Saturday, Philadelphia added three players to its roster for the game, signing defenders Brandan Craig and Anton Sorenson to short-term deals and adding league team goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh. The union was able to bring in players because it was too difficult.


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