The Kansas City Current were without coach Matt Potter and four players for Saturday evening’s 1-0 loss to Angel City FC at Banc of California Stadium because of coronavirus issues.
Potter did not travel with the team due to a positive COVID-19 test, while four players did not play due to coronavirus protocols, including midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta, who started each of the team’s first three regular-season games, the team announced.
The other Kansas City players who are in the coronavirus protocol are defender Hallie Mace, who has started two games, midfielder Chardonnay Curran and defender Izzy Rodriguez, who have both started once.
Mace played for UCLA from 2015-18 and was a first-team All-America selection by United Soccer Coaches in 2017.
Assistant coach Lloyd Yaxley coached the Current (0-3-1).
Former Corona Centennial High School, Arizona and USC midfielder Jada Talley was signed as a COVID replacement player and entered the game in the 84th minute, making her National Women’s Soccer League debut before the crowd announced at 18,514.
The only goal came in the 70th minute when ACFC forward Christen Press kept the ball from crossing the goal line about eight yards to the right of the right goal post, sending the ball across the goal mouth where it deflected off the left foot of Kansas City defender Taylor Leach into the net for an own goal.