The Rio Grande Valley FC Toros are winless since the USL Championship’s season restart.
The results don’t tell the whole story.
“I’m so proud of them and how they’ve handled this situation,” Head Coach Gerson Echeverry said.
The situation is simple.
Following a positive COVID-19 test within the Toros bubble, schedules were changed and games were postponed.
“Whenever somebody tests positive within your circle or your bubble, there is just a concern,” Echeverry added.
USL Championship squad Austin Bold FC faced a similar issue, rescheduling two games to the end of August.
The Toros were given a rescheduled date just two days later.
“I think what nobody knows is going into that game, we didn’t practice or do anything,” Echeverry said.
The Toros managed a tie despite having a limited staff and no preparation for the matchup.
The trend would continue with two more games yet to be played in the coming days. Overall, RGV FC faced a three-game schedule in the span of less than one week.
“I think anybody who has ever kicked a soccer ball understands,” Echeverry said. “I have friends in the MLS, higher-ups in the MLS, who are asking why we are playing so many games when the preparation hasn’t been adequate.”
With injury risks and fatigue playing major factors, the Toros still managed to pull points from two of the competitions, while earning the respect of Coach Echeverry as well.
As spectators, it is easy to get lost in the results alone, but the work each athlete played on the turf is well-deserving of this week’s DHR Health Athlete(s) of the week honors.