Canada’s COVID Rules Cause USMNT’s Tim Weah To Miss World Cup Qualifier

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USMNT midfielder Tim Weah didn’t accompany the team to Ontario and will miss Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Canada due to his vaccination status not meeting the country’s entry requirements.

ESPN reports his manager Gregg Berhalter provided the update on Saturday and said Weah had received one dose of a vaccine before catching the virus, preventing him from getting the second shot with enough time to satisfy Canada’s requirements.

“[Weah] had one shot, one vaccination. He got COVID, he was awaiting the second shot,” Berhalter said, per ESPN. “Due to the time of when he got COVID he wasn’t able to get that second shot yet. However, in France, he is listed as fully vaccinated because in France, the one shot plus COVID means you’re vaccinated and you’re OK. As a technicality, it wasn’t acceptable in Canada. This is something we can’t control, the nuances of COVID protocol, and we just have to deal with it.”

Canada's COVID Rules Cause USMNT's Tim Weah To Miss World Cup Qualifier
Tim Weah (21) of the U.S. controls the ball during the World Cup qualifying game against El Salvador at Field on January 27, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images).

“This was a nuanced technicality that we were hoping was going to get pushed through and unfortunately it didn’t,” Berhalter said.

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler, an individual must have received at least two doses of a vaccine accepted for travel, a mix of two accepted vaccines, or at least one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the Government of Canada’s website.

The second dose must have been received at least 15 days before an individual enters Canada, and travelers must also have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

ESPN reports that Weah’s absence will be a blow for the U.S. given his recent excellence.

The 21-year-old midfielder created the game-winner in the 2-1 win over Costa Rica in October, scored the lone goal in the 1-1 draw at Jamaica and had the game-winning assist against Mexico during the November window, ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle reports.

Carlisle says the U.S. has cover at the wide forward position, with Brenden Aaronson also showing well during qualifying.

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Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


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