Major League Soccer teams head to Florida, albeit in stop-start fashion

Main League Soccer groups head to Florida, albeit in stop-start trend

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TORONTO — MLS groups are steadily making their option to Florida for the MLS is Again Event, albeit in stop-start trend.

Toronto FC turned one among a number of groups to delay their departure, pushing its flight from Friday to Saturday, saying extra time was wanted to finish pre-travel COVID-19 testing.

The New York Purple Bulls additionally delayed their Friday departure, saying a workers member had produced an inconclusive COVID-19 take a look at consequence. Whereas different workers and gamers had examined destructive Thursday, the Purple Bulls mentioned they might reschedule their flight as soon as all of the take a look at outcomes have been confirmed.

Toronto didn’t instantly reply to a request for extra details about its delay. The group’s 55-word information launch didn’t specify whether or not there was a difficulty with its take a look at outcomes or whether or not the outcomes have been merely gradual to come back again.

Nashville SC pushed its Thursday departure again to Friday, citing delays in getting outcomes of its pre-travel screening checks.

Sporting Kansas Metropolis, scheduled to fly Sunday, mentioned it had confirmed {that a} optimistic take a look at for a member of its travelling delegation had turned out to be a false optimistic.

Whereas some groups are having points attending to Florida, establishing a safe MLS bubble there has additionally proved difficult.

Six gamers from FC Dallas and one from Columbus Crew SC have already examined optimistic within the Sunshine State. They’ve been remoted and are receiving care whereas the opposite members of their delegations are in quarantine pending extra testing.

Main League Soccer had required groups to reach in Florida no later than per week earlier than their first sport on the event, which runs July eight to Aug. 11 at Disney’s Extensive World of Sport Complicated within the Orlando space. However points with take a look at outcomes have prompted a number of delays.

The Vancouver Whitecaps have been slated to fly Wednesday however held off after the inconclusive COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Response (PCR) take a look at outcomes required follow-up checks.

The membership mentioned subsequent take a look at outcomes have been confirmed to be destructive. Nonetheless the Whitecaps postponed their flight to allow extra testing.

Toronto was compelled to name off coaching Wednesday after issues getting take a look at ends in time.

FC Dallas made it to Florida final Saturday, solely to have two gamers take a look at optimistic upon their arrival on the league’s host resort. 4 different gamers examined optimistic quickly after.

All six have been assessed and moved to the isolation space of the resort the place they proceed to obtain “distant care from a health-care supplier,” the league mentioned.

Coincidentally, Vancouver and Dallas meet July 9 within the first match on the World Cup-style event each.

Toronto opens July 10 towards D.C. United.

The Montreal Influence, who additionally kick off July 9 towards the New England Revolution, arrived Thursday.

Eleven different groups had arrived in Florida as of Thursday: San Jose Earthquakes, Orlando Metropolis, Dallas, Columbus, Minnesota United, FC Cincinnati, Chicago Fireplace, Inter Miami, New York Metropolis FC, Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution. 

Whereas all 26 groups are staying in the identical resort, they don’t seem to be purported to have contact with one another.

League protocols embrace common screening, testing, social distancing, private protecting gear and a compulsory quarantine for all people upon arrival on the resort till they’ve a destructive take a look at.

MLS has been on hiatus since March 12 when play was suspended two weeks into its season.


This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed July 3, 2020.

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Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press