Real Salt Lake captain Albert Rusnak was eliminated of the group’s Round One playoffs match versus the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday night after evaluating favorable for Covid-19.
This comes as a substantial blow to Real Salt Lake after Rusnak acted as an essential part to the group’s success in the Western Conference, scoring 11 objectives and including 11 helps as an ever-present in their 2021 routine season.
“Bad news today, guys. Unfortunately I’ve tested positive for COVID,” Rusnak stated in a declaration shared by Real Salt Lake on social networks prior to 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 all the confidence in the world we will get the job done. I’ll be back as soon as health permits.”
Rusnak led the group into the playoffs after beating Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in a victorious Decision Day win. Real Salt Lake directly edged LA Galaxy out of seventh location to make their area as the Western Conference’s No. 7 seed.
After assisting RSL into the postseason, the captain participated in 2 World Cup Qualifiers for Slovakia, scoring two times in a 6-0 win over Malta recently.
To change Rusnak, Real Salt Lake interim head coach Pablo Mastroeni called midfielder Maikel Chang to the beginning lineup.