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Columbus Crew player tests positive for COVID-19 as club prepares to return to play

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: A detailed view of a MLS soccer ball at Audi Field on March 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

ABC6/FOX28 has confirmed a Columbus Crew player has tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida as the team prepares for the MLS is Back Tournament.

The name of the player has not been released.

The Crew underwent another round of testing Thursday to confirm the positive test and those results will likely be known sometime Thursday night. Major League Soccer said all positive tests must be confirmed by a follow-up test.

All Crew players previously tested negative when the team arrived in Orlando.

The news was first reported by ESPN soccer columnist Jeff Carlisle.

Six players for FC Dallas tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The league said any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 while in Orlando will participate in a clinical assessment by a healthcare provider and will be moved to the isolation area of the team hotel until they receive medical clearance.

While in isolation, the individual will be in daily communication with and will receive remote care from a healthcare provider.

All teams are tested every other day while in Orlando.

The Crew is scheduled to play two scrimmages against Minnesota United FC on Sunday before taking on FC Cincinnati on Saturday, July 11.

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