Actual Salt Lake captain Albert Rusnak was dominated out of the group’s Spherical One playoffs match towards the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday night time after testing constructive for Covid-19.
This comes as an enormous blow to Actual Salt Lake after Rusnak served as a key part to the group’s success within the Western Convention, scoring 11 targets and including 11 assists as an ever-present of their 2021 common season.
“Dangerous information right this moment, guys. Sadly I’ve examined constructive for COVID,” Rusnak mentioned in an announcement shared by Actual Salt Lake on social media earlier than the match. “It is onerous to imagine I am not there with the boys in Seattle. However I do know this group. Everybody works and fights for one another. I’ve all the boldness on this planet we’ll get the job achieved. I will be again as quickly as well being permits.”
Rusnak led the group into the playoffs after defeating Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in a triumphant Resolution Day win. Actual Salt Lake narrowly edged LA Galaxy out of seventh place to earn their spot because the Western Convention’s No. 7 seed.
After serving to RSL into the postseason, the captain took half in two World Cup Qualifiers for Slovakia, scoring twice in a 6-0 win over Malta final week.
To interchange Rusnak, Actual Salt Lake interim head coach Pablo Mastroeni named midfielder Maikel Chang to the beginning lineup.