US Soccer announced today in a press release that midfielder Lindsey Horan has tested positive for COVID-19 and will therefore not travel to the Netherlands to take part in the USWNT camp and friendly on November 27. Horan is being replaced on the roster by 20-year-old Jaelin Howell out of Florida State.
Though it comes under unfortunate circumstances, Howell is a young prospect who was just in Vlatko Andonovski’s October camp as a midfielder, and given the availability of six subs for the friendly and only 22 out of 23 players available (due to fellow midfielder Catarina Macario not yet having permission from FIFA to play for the United States despite having her citizenship and US passport), she could very well get some time.
According to USSF, “Horan is currently doing well and is observing the appropriate quarantine protocols. Her positive test came during the U.S. Soccer’s pre-trip testing procedures. No other players have tested positive at this time.”
As a reminder, the USWNT is required to test before travel, upon arrival, and every two days afterwards, though they have been exempted from the usual quarantine period for international travelers entering the Netherlands from the United States.