GK Kenneth Vermeer out due to COVID-19 protocols

FC Cincinnati will be without the services of goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer this weekend due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, a team official confirmed Wednesday. 

Vermeer, FC Cincinnati's regular starting goalkeeper, won't be available for Saturday's match against Toronto FC at TQL Stadium as a result of the protocol designation. 

Being ruled out for health and safety protocols isn't necessarily an indication of a positive test.

According to a team news release, the reasons can for entering protocols can include "quarantine due to participating in high-risk behavior, quarantine related to being a high-risk close contact, pending COVID-19 test results, an inconclusive COVID-19 test result, a positive COVID-19 test or a confirmed case of COVID-19, other illness not related to COVID-19."

The confirmation of Vermeer missing the upcoming match came a day after FC Cincinnati rescheduled Tuesday morning's training session for Wednesday, which was originally scheduled to be an off day.

A positive test result resulted in the scheduling change. The team didn't provide further information on the test, and it isn't publicly known if any players tested positive. 

FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer (25) sets up a play on a corner kick in the second half of the MLS match between FC Cincinnati and D.C. United at TQL Stadium in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The match ended in a scoreless tie.

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Vermeer is the third FC Cincinnati player to enter health and safety protocols in the last week. Chris Duvall and Caleb Stanko also received the designation and were unavailable for Saturday's 1-0 loss to Inter Miami CF. 

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