Wave coach Casey Stoney out due to COVID-19 protocol

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San Diego Wave FC will be without coach Casey Stoney for Wednesday’s match against Racing Louisville FC after she tested positive for COVID-19.

Rich Gunney will step in as interim head coach for the league-leading Wave (3-0).

Stoney is the latest person affiliated with the NWSL to test positive for COVID-19. NJ/NY Gotham FC’s regular-season home opener against the North Carolina Courage on Saturday was postponed due to the large number of players on both teams in the health and safety protocols.

If the game had been played, Gotham would have been without four of its players – Caprice Dydasco, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Midge Purce – due to the protocols. On the North Carolina side, Tessa Boade, Katie Bowen, Abby Erceg, Carson Pickett, Briana Pinto, Katelyn Rowland and Havana Solaun were in the protocols.

The NWSL isn’t the only domestic league in the U.S. to struggle with the recent COVID-19 surge. In the WNBA, Natasha Cloud and Breanna Stewart have been vocal about the league’s travel policies. Both have missed games due to health and safety protocols.

This comes as the nation appears to be in the midst of yet another surge in Covid cases. According to the New York Times, cases have increased by 61 percent over the past 14 days, with an average of just over 100,000 cases per day on May 17.

It’s unclear how long Stoney will be out. After Wednesday’s game, the Wave next play on Sunday against the Courage. The team sits atop the NWSL standings after going undefeated through the first three matches of the regular season.