Vermes: 2 players and himself in safety protocols, entire team vaccinated

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Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes talks to a official during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Vancouver Whitecaps Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Kansas City, Kan. Sporting won 3-0.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ahead of Sporting Kansas City’s return to action on Wednesday against the San Jose Earthquakes, head coach Peter Vermes said that he and two players are in Major League Soccer’s safety protocols.

Vermes added that 100% of the team is vaccinated and did not identify the players’ names.

According to the MLS COVID-19 protocols:

High Risk Close Contacts

Players or staff members who have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and deemed to be a High-Risk Close Contact will be required to quarantine for five days, not participate in any group training or matches and conduct daily testing for 14 days.

Vaccinated Individuals

An individual that meets the definition of a High-Risk Close Contact, will be exempt from observing the five-day quarantine period for High-Risk Close Contacts provided that: 

– The individual is fully vaccinated at the time of exposure, meaning the exposure took place at least two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose vaccine series, or at least four weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

– Is asymptomatic.

– Continues to test negative.

Those vaccinated individuals will be tested on a daily basis for 14 days following the last day of high-risk exposure.

MLS Health and Safety Protocols for 2021 MLS Season

The longest-tenured coach in MLS did not say whether he would be on the sideline for the July 21 matchup with the Earthquakes, or if the players would be either.

If not, the team would be without Gianluca Busio and Alan Pulido who are away on international duty in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, Felipe Hernandez who is away from the team for personal reasons and the two players in the safety protocol.

The last time these two teams faced-off was on May 22, 2021 when SKC paid a visit to PayPal Park and walked away with a 3-1 victory.

Sporting sits three points behind the Seattle Sounders for first place in the west.

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