Albert Rusnak from Real Salt Lake tests positive for Covid-19

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Real Salt Lake captain Albert Rusnak was ruled out of the team’s Round One playoff game against the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday night after testing positive for Covid-19.

This comes as a big blow for Real Salt Lake after Rusnak served as a key component to the team’s success in the Western Conference, scoring 11 goals and adding 11 assists as a constant attendant during his 2021 regular season.

“Bad news today, guys. Unfortunately, I tested positive for covid,” Rusnak said in a statement shared by Real Salt Lake on social media before the match. “It’s hard to believe I’m not there with the boys in Seattle. But I know this group. Everyone works and fights for each other. I have every confidence in the world that we will get the job done. I will be back as soon as I get well. allows. “

Rusnak led the team into the playoffs after defeating Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in a triumphant Decision Day win. Real Salt Lake barely landed on the LA Galaxy from seventh place to earn its place as Western Conference No. 7 seed.

After helping RSL into the post-season, the captain participated in two World Cup qualifiers for Slovakia and scored two goals in a 6-0 victory over Malta last week.

To replace Rusnak, Real Salt Lake’s interim head coach Pablo Mastroeni appointed midfielder Maikel Chang to the starting lineup.

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