COVID-19 shuts down USL League One championship game

Kinda sums up the season: the USL League One Championship game between Union Omaha and Greenville Triumph has been canceled after a COVID-19 outbreak among Union Omaha roster’s covered persons list.

The decision means Greenville Triumph is the league champion as a result of earning more points earned per game over the course of the season.

“While we’re collectively very disappointed that the Final could not be played, we’d like to congratulate both clubs on a fantastic 2020 season,” said USL President Jake Edwards via press statement. “Union Omaha have been a wonderful addition to our league this season and we cannot wait to witness all of their future success. We also want to congratulate our League One Title-Winners, Triumph SC, who have been terrific throughout the 16-game regular season and have earned the trophy. We want to thank both clubs for their class and professionalism. The future of League One remains incredibly bright.”

The USL League One Championship was originally scheduled for Friday, October 30.

By the way: all individuals testing positive were immediately isolated at home, are recovering in good spirits under the care of team physicians and infectious disease experts.

It’s been an interesting championship season for USL; following concerns that Phoenix Rising FC amassed the most points in league play with a boost from a San Diego Loyal forfeit, last week the team announced it would not host the USL Championship title game should it reach the finals. It indeed did, so the final game will be played at Al Lang Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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