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Rapids' COVID-19 outbreak grows with eight more positives

The Colorado Rapids' COVID-19 outbreak that postponed their game last weekend against Sporting Kansas City has increased with one more player and seven more staff members with confirmed positive cases.

It now means two players have tested positive along with 10 staff members.

The Rapids closed their facilities late last week after learning of the initial positive cases. All players and staff with confirmed cases entered self-isolation.

There is no timetable on when the Rapids can resume training, and no decision has been made on the status of Saturday's game on the road against the Portland Timbers.

According to The Athletic, 11 members of the Rapids organization who tested positive for COVID-19 were on hand for Wednesday's 5-0 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes. The first positive tests came a day later.

The Earthquakes played Sunday, earning a 2-1 victory on the road against Los Angeles FC.

MLS follows CDC guidelines which requires anybody who is symptomatic to quarantine for 10 days. They can't rejoin the team until they have gone 24 hours without a fever, while not using fever-reducing medication. Anybody who tested positive but is asymptomatic must quarantine for 10 days before returning.

The Rapids' contest on Saturday is the first of five games in 15 days on the schedule.

--Field Level Media

Sounders reacquire D Torres in trade with Miami

Roman Torres is back in Seattle.

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Impact trade GK Bush to Whitecaps for 2021 draft pick

The Montreal Impact traded veteran goalkeeper Evan Bush to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Monday in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.

Sounders reacquire D Torres in trade with Miami

Roman Torres is back in Seattle.

Inter Miami traded the veteran defender to the Sounders on Monday in exchange for a conditional first-round pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.

Torres signed with Miami as a free agent in December 2019 after five seasons with Seattle, where he won two MLS Cups and three Western Conference titles from 2015-19.

"WHOLE SQUAD BACK TOGETHER," the Sounders posted on Twitter.



Torres, 34, appeared in five games (four starts) with Inter Miami in 2020. The Panama native recorded one goal and three assists in 66 matches (52 starts) with the Sounders.

--Field Level Media

Impact trade GK Bush to Whitecaps for 2021 draft pick

The Montreal Impact traded veteran goalkeeper Evan Bush to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Monday in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.

An original member of the franchise, the 34-year-old Bush made 176 starts between the sticks for Montreal from 2012 through 2019. He posted a 64-78-34 record with 40 shutouts and 562 saves.

He has not played in any games in 2020, with Clement Diop making all 14 starts for the Impact (5-8-1, 16 points).

"We made this trade because we are happy with the work from our three goalkeepers, Clement Diop, James Pantemis and Jonathan Sirois," said Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard. "We want to thank Evan for the ten seasons he played in Montreal and for his great professionalism."

The Whitecaps (5-9-0, 15 points) acquired Bush to add depth at a position depleted by injuries to Maxime Crepeau (broken thumb) and Thomas Hasal (left tibia stress fracture).

"Due to the uncertainty around our goalkeeper position, this is a move we needed to make," said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC sporting director and chief executive officer, in a team release. "We explored a number of possibilities and Evan Bush is an experienced professional who will provide us another strong option in net along with Bryan Meredith."

--Field Level Media

LA Galaxy II part ways with player after racial slur

LA Galaxy II parted ways with defender Omar Ontiveros on Saturday, three days after he was found to have used a racial slur during a USL Championship game against the San Diego Loyal.

FC Cincinnati D Hagglund tests positive for COVID-19

FC Cincinnati defender Nick Hagglund revealed on social media Saturday that he was the team's unidentified player confirmed to test positive for COVID-19.

Kansas City-Colorado match postponed after player tests positive

Colorado's game Sunday against visiting Sporting Kansas City was postponed after one Rapids player and three staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

LA Galaxy II part ways with player after racial slur

LA Galaxy II parted ways with defender Omar Ontiveros on Saturday, three days after he was found to have used a racial slur during a USL Championship game against the San Diego Loyal.

The league on Friday suspended the 25-year-old Ontiveros for six games, tacked on to his one-game ban for the red card he received in the 1-1 draw on Wednesday night.

Ontiveros reportedly addressed the slur toward a Black player for the Loyal in the 71st minute.



San Diego club officials announced Friday they want to forfeit the point they earned from the draw.

"We don't even want to recognize being a part of a match where these types of actions take place," Loyal chairman Andrew Vassiliadis said in a statement. "The Loyal in our name is symbolic of the diversity in our community and as a club we will not stand for this."

Ontiveros was in his second season with LA Galaxy II. He appeared in 12 games this season and 18 games in 2019.

--Field Level Media

FC Cincinnati D Hagglund tests positive for COVID-19

FC Cincinnati defender Nick Hagglund revealed on social media Saturday that he was the team's unidentified player confirmed to test positive for COVID-19.

The club, which initially announced the positive test earlier on Saturday, still plans to face New York City FC on Saturday night.

"As you may or may not have heard, a player from FC Cincinnati has contracted Covid-19. Full transparency: It's me," Hagglund posted on Twitter.



Hagglund, 28, said he began to show symptoms on Thursday shortly after being tested for COVID-19. After that test came back as positive, Hagglund was tested again along with his wife on Friday, with the results confirming him as positive.

Haglund said his wife's test came back negative, and that they will monitor their daughter, Eloise, for any symptoms.

FC Cincinnati said all other players and staff members have returned negative test results and do not have symptoms. The club also said it has implemented contact tracing in conjunction with Hamilton and Clermont County health officials.

Hagglund has yet to record a goal or assist in four matches (two starts) this season.

He has five goals and four assists in 114 career appearances (89 starts) with Toronto FC and FC Cincinnati.

--Field Level Media

Kansas City-Colorado match postponed after player tests positive

Colorado's game Sunday against visiting Sporting Kansas City was postponed after one Rapids player and three staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

The tests were conducted on Thursday and Friday, according to a statement released by the league Saturday.

"Based on the number of positive test results, Major League Soccer has postponed the match to allow for additional testing and evaluation," read the statement.

A new date for the rescheduled match will be announced later.

The next matches for both teams are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3. Sporting KC will go on the road to face the Houston Dynamo and Colorado is slated to play at the Portland Timbers.

--Field Level Media

Sounders F Ruidiaz suspended one game

Seattle Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount Friday for whipping his right foot across the leg of the Portland Timbers' Pablo Bonilla.

Ruidiaz leads the Sounders with eight goals, third most in the MLS behind Los Angeles FC's Diego Rossi (11) and the Columbus Crew's Gyasi Zardes (nine). He will sit out Saturday's road game against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

In the 54th minute of Wednesday's road game against the Timbers, Ruidiaz and Bonilla became entangled while pursuing a ball. As Ruidiaz was going to the ground during the battle, he swung his right leg, connecting with the back of Bonilla's left leg.

In other MLS discipline, Montreal Impact forward Romell Quioto was suspended a second game and fined an undisclosed amount for violent conduct against the Philadelphia Union's Mark McKenzie.

Three players were fined for embellishment: Atlanta United's Jon Gallagher, Real Salt Lake's Damir Kreilach and the Colorado Rapids' Andre Shinyashiki. Two others were fined for not leaving the field in time after a red card: FC Dallas' Bryan Acosta and Minnesota United's Jan Gregus.

--Field Level Media

Awaiting clearance, F Higuain to travel with Inter Miami CF

With his status still up in the air, new Inter Miami CF addition Gonzalo Higuain will travel with the club in hopes of making his MLS debut at Philadelphia on Sunday.

The 32-year-old forward, who has played with European powers like Real Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, Milan and Chelsea, was signed by Inter Miami as a designated player on Sept. 18.

The longtime member of the Argentina international team is still awaiting the completion of his paperwork in order to be eligible.

"He already knows his teammates, he's had several trainings with them and they've interacted on different drills," head coach Diego Alonso said. "We've talked a lot about the way we play, we've watched videos, and we've worked a lot."

When he is ready to play, Higuain is expected to partner up front with Rodolfo Pizarro and Juan Agudelo. They are tied for the team lead with three goals each.

Higuain has scored as many as 36 regular-season goals for Napoli in 2015-16 and last scored double-digit goals when he had 16 for Juventus in 2017-18. He has 19 total goals in 61 matches for Milan, Chelsea and Juventus the past three seasons.

In 75 games for Argentina across all competitions, he has 31 goals, third most among active players.

--Field Level Media

Sounders F Ruidiaz suspended one game

Seattle Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount Friday for whipping his right foot across the leg of the Portland Timbers' Pablo Bonilla.

Awaiting clearance, F Higuain to travel with Inter Miami CF

With his status still up in the air, new Inter Miami CF addition Gonzalo Higuain will travel with the club in hopes of making his MLS debut at Philadelphia on Sunday.

NYCFC F Heber out for season with torn ACL

New York City FC forward Heber, the club's leading goal scorer a season ago and a player the team was looking to help break out of its current scoring funk, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, the team announced Friday.

NYCFC F Heber out for season with torn ACL

New York City FC forward Heber, the club's leading goal scorer a season ago and a player the team was looking to help break out of its current scoring funk, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, the team announced Friday.

Heber (full name Heber Araujo dos Santos) suffered the injury late in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Toronto FC. He went down in the 83rd minute with little contact, and grabbed his right knee. Nicolas Acevedo replaced Heber, then committed the penalty that led to the 90th-minute penalty kick that accounted for the game's only score.

"I didn't like the look on his face," NYCFC head coach Ronny Delia, said of Heber after the match. "Hopefully, the picture will show something different."

It did not, and now NYCFC (5-6-2, 17 points) must look elsewhere as the club tries to end a skid that has seen it score only two goals over the last four matches. The 29-year-old had only one goal so far this season, but led the club with 15 goals in 2019, his first season in MLS.

The Brazilian native played a season with the Armenian Premier League in 2015-16 before moving to the Croatian First League for three seasons.

NYCFC next plays host to FC Cincinnati on Saturday.

--Field Level Media

Zlatan Ibrahimovic tests positive for COVID-19

Former MLS star and current AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tested positive for COVID-19, the Serie A club announced on Thursday.

LAFC D Silva announces retirement from MLS

Los Angeles FC defender Danilo Silva announced his retirement from professional soccer on Wednesday.

FC Dallas sign D Reynolds to extension

FC Dallas signed 19-year-old defender Bryan Reynolds to a contract extension through 2024 with a team option for 2025, the club announced Wednesday.

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