World Cup 2022 qualifier: Canada v USA – live!

USA forward Timothy Weah was unable to travel to Canada for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier because he did not meet the vaccination requirements to cross the Canadian border, coach Gregg Berhalter said Saturday.

Weah, who was involved in the play that led to the only goal in Thursday’s 1-0 victory over El Salvador, has received one vaccine dose and was infected with Covid-19 before he could receive his second shot, Berhalter said.

Weah meets the vaccination standards in France, where he plays professionally, but is unable to enter Canada, Berhalter said.

“This is something we can’t control, the nuances of the Covid protocol, and we just have to deal with it,” Berhalter said. “It will be about the next man stepping up and doing their job.”

Berhalter said the team became aware of Weah’s situation “a couple of days ago” and had hoped it could be resolved before Sunday’s game.