BERKELEY, Calif. – California’s season-opening soccer match on Saturday night met Washington in jeopardy after a positive coronavirus test on Wednesday’s Golden Bears, which coach Justin Wilcox said was a “substantial” amount Players need contact tracking.
Wilcox said Cal’s sports division contacted Washington officials on Wednesday night about the match scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. PT at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.
When asked if the game could be postponed, Wilcox said, “It’s fair. ”
“If we can play it, we’ll play it,” Wilcox said during a call with Zoom. “Is there an obstacle? There is a barrier, yes. For the players mentioned, the game is in danger. If we have the body to play the game, we will play the game. Some of them are in danger.”; is being put on hold, and it is a legitimate threat to the game. “
Wednesday’s training sessions were limited and some drills could not be performed based on the number of players held. Wilcox will not specify how many players will be sidelined.
Players with a positive COVID-19 test have no symptoms. He performed a regular daily antigen test and then an additional PCR test (polymerase chain reaction), which was also positive. This marks the first positive test of Cal’s side since practice began last month.
“It’s a complicated situation as we all know it,” Wilcox said. We are happy to report that a positive case has no symptoms and everyone is healthy. “We hope in the short term. will learn where to lead us, but that is a significant hurdle. “
Wilcox said he hopes to know after Wednesday or Thursday whether the players following contact are ready to play on Saturday.
“Hope very soon,” he said. “We’ll need to know shortly.”
As of Friday, Cal has run 3,547 PCR tests since the test began on June 4, giving 20 positive results.
Midfielder Chase Garbers called it “shock” to learn that a Cal player has a coronavirus.
“We were still training today,” Garbers said. “The game plan is still intact. If we can play on Saturday we will be ready and we look forward to it.”