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North Carolina Courage coach Sean Nahas is out due to COVID protocol and did not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against the Washington Spirit.

Per the club, assistant coach Nathan Thackeray will act as the interim coach in Nahas’ absence.

The Courage, like many NWSL teams, have had several key players sidelined due to COVID-19 this season. North Carolina’s May matchup against Gotham FC was canceled with seven Courage players and 11 total athletes out under COVID-19 protocol.

With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on North Carolina’s availability report, the Courage has gotten off to a slow start to the regular season. The club has registered just one win after claiming the Challenge Cup trophy on May 7, with North Carolina’s 1-3-1 record placing the club at the bottom of the NWSL standings.

The team is in need of a win Saturday, and with Washington fighting a top-heavy regular-season schedule, the Courage might be able to pull out the victory against a Spirit side.

Kickoff between the Washington Spirit and North Carolina is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. ET at Segra Field.