The Peruvian Federation of Soccer informed that Raúl Ruidíaz has tested positive for coronavirus. Together with his teammate Álex Valera, he was tested last Sunday as part of the protocol of the Conmebol before the game against Brazil, to be held today for the second leg of the South American Qualifiers.
This means that Seattle Sounders will not have their star striker until mid-November. Ruidiaz will have to remain isolated for 15 days in his homecountry before return to the United States, where he will also have to spend 14 days isolated as part of the protocols preventing the spread of the virus in Washington. He will miss games against San José Earthquakes, the derby against Portland Timbers and Colorado Rapids.
Seattle Sounders is at the top of the Eastern Conference with 30 points, the same as the Portland Timbers. One of the strengths of the team led by Brian Schmetzer is the offense. It is the third highest scoring team behind the Timbers, with 36, and Los Angeles FC, with 38.
The Peruvian Raúl Ruidíaz is the team's top scorer, with nine goals. Besides, he has two assists. In other words, Ruidiaz participated in almost a third of the goals of the team. Schmetzer should find alternatives in other forwards, such as Will Bruin, Jordan Morris, Shandon Hopeau and Justin Dhillon.