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Union Without 11 Players for MLS East Final Against NYCFC | Sports News

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By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer

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The Philadelphia Union will likely be with out 11 gamers on Sunday when the crew performs NYCFC within the MLS Eastern Conference finals due to COVID-19 well being and security protocols.

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The gamers out for the sport included captain Alejandro Bedoya and goalkeeper Andre Blake, in addition to 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 have been additionally on the crew’s checklist.

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The Union have been unable to follow on Thursday due to the league’s protocol, however resumed coaching on Friday.

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“Our players have worked tirelessly to get to this point. I know that they’ll be brave, even in the adversity that we’re facing right now,” Union coach Jim Curtin mentioned. “We’ve stepped up in big moments all year long, whether it be international absences, the challenges of CONCACAF, players losing loved ones, adversity both on and off the field. This group always finds a way to step up. And I expect this weekend to be more of the same. We look forward to the challenge. We’ve had a next-man-up mentality all season long.”

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Curtin introduced in the course of the common season that all the Union gamers had been vaccinated. The particular person gamers could not have examined optimistic for coronavirus, however could have come into contact with somebody with a suspected case.

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On Saturday, Philadelphia added three gamers to its roster for the sport, signing defenders Brandan Craig and Anton Sorenson to short-term agreements and including league pool goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh. The Union have been ready to usher in the gamers due to excessive hardship.

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