The Chicago Fire FC announced Friday that a first-team player has tested positive for COVID-19. All other players and members of the club have tested negative and do not have any symptoms.
The Fire played the Columbus Crew in Columbus on Thursday, but the club said the player who tested positive did not travel with the team to Columbus.
Chicago said the player is asymptomatic and is self-isolating under a strict and detailed protocol.
The MLS testing protocol has all MLS players undergo Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests every other day, including the day before each match. The confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case occurs when a player receives two consecutive positive test results. As a result of this confirmed positive test, the Fire will now begin daily testing of the entire first team and football staff. In addition, the team has implemented contact tracing.
The Fire is set to play FC Cincinnati on Tuesday, Aug. 25.