WASHINGTON — Soccer team and USADA officials met Tuesday to discuss a positive test result from a match in Germany last weekend that was suspended and ultimately vacated after an appeals court ruled it was not a violation of anti-doping rules.
The Washington Spirit and United States Soccer Federation met with USADC chief executive Todd DeCoteau, chief of staff David Kaval, head athletic trainer Tom Durbin and USADB general counsel David Fink to discuss the suspension of Sunday’s match between the Spirit and the Portland Timbers, which was postponed due to a blown whistle.
DeCoteao said the Spirit would have no further comment on the suspension.
Fink said the team was awaiting results from a second and third test.
USADA announced the results of its second test on Wednesday.
De Coteau said that he hopes to have positive results from the third test soon.
He said the league’s new policy was meant to be a long-term plan that will address the issues that have arisen in recent years, such as drug use.USADA will not discuss specific sanctions in detail until the result is known, but it is looking to bring the issue to a resolution.
The Portland Timbers did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Portland Spirit owner Jim Zemlin told ESPN.com he was hopeful that the positive test would result in an appeal and the team would be able to move forward with the match.
Zemlin said that if the Spirit’s team was found to have violated the terms of the suspension, then the team will be in the position to appeal to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) if it is determined that a positive result should not have occurred.
“We will appeal to USADA if we believe the suspension was unjust,” Zeml said.
“If we are found to be in violation, then we would then be in that position to apply for an appeal.”USADA said in January that it had received two test results from US Spirit officials and two from the Portland side.
The Spirit said the third positive test resulted from a missed test and said the results came from a different laboratory.
The Spirit also said it was disappointed in USADD and the league that suspended the match because it was a result of a blown off whistle.
The USADM said it reviewed the third and fourth test results, but decided not to overturn the suspension because of the absence of any credible reason for the missed test.
The suspension of the match, which had been scheduled for Saturday, has been extended to Tuesday, Nov. 6.