TORONTO – MLS groups are steadily heading to Florida for the MLS Comeback Match, albeit in stop-start mode.
Toronto FC grew to become one among a number of groups to delay its departure, pushing its flight from Friday to Saturday, saying extra time was wanted to finish the COVID-19 pre-trip assessments.
The New York Purple Bulls additionally delayed their departure on Friday, saying a workers member had produced an inconclusive results of the COVID-19 check. Whereas different workers and gamers examined damaging on Thursday, the Purple Bulls mentioned they might reschedule their flight as soon as all check outcomes have been confirmed.
Toronto didn’t instantly reply to a request for extra details about its delay. The group's 55-word press launch didn’t specify if there was an issue with their check outcomes or if the outcomes merely took time to return.
Nashville SC delayed its departure from Thursday to Friday, citing delays in acquiring pre-trip screening outcomes.
Sporting Kansas Metropolis, scheduled to fly on Sunday, mentioned it had confirmed constructive check for a member of its roving delegation had turned out to be a false constructive.
Whereas some groups are struggling to get to Florida, establishing a secure MLS bubble has additionally confirmed difficult.
Six gamers from FC Dallas and one from Columbus Crew SC have already examined constructive at Sunshine State. They’ve been remoted and are receiving consideration whereas the opposite members of their delegations are in quarantine awaiting additional proof.
Main League Soccer had required groups to reach in Florida no later than per week earlier than their first sport within the event, which can happen from July eight to August 11 on the Disney & # 39; s Extensive World of Sport Advanced within the Orlando space. However issues with check outcomes have precipitated a number of delays.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have been as a consequence of fly Wednesday, however have been delayed after inconclusive outcomes of the COVID-19 polymerase chain response (PCR) check required follow-up testing.
The membership mentioned the outcomes of the next assessments have been confirmed as damaging. Nonetheless, the Whitecaps postponed their flight to permit for added testing and remained in Vancouver till Friday.
Toronto was pressured to droop coaching on Wednesday after bother getting check outcomes on time.
FC Dallas arrived in Florida final Saturday, solely to have two gamers check constructive when arriving on the league's host resort. 4 different gamers examined constructive quickly after.
All six have been screened and transferred to the resort's isolation space the place they proceed to obtain "distant care from a healthcare supplier," the league mentioned.
Coincidentally, Vancouver and Dallas meet on July 9 within the first World Cup-style event match.
Toronto opens July 10 in opposition to D.C. United.
The Montreal Impression, which additionally began on July 9 in opposition to the New England Revolution, arrived on Thursday.
Eleven different groups arrived in Florida on Thursday: San Jose Earthquakes, Orlando Metropolis, Dallas, Columbus, Minnesota United, Cincinnati FC, Chicago Fireplace, Inter Miami, New York Metropolis FC, Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution.
DC United, Portland and Seattle have been scheduled to hitch Nashville in Orlando on Friday.
Though the 26 groups are staying on the identical resort, they aren’t purported to have contact with one another.
League protocols embody common exams, assessments, social distancing, private protecting tools, and a compulsory quarantine for everybody upon arrival on the resort till they’ve a damaging check.
MLS has been on hiatus since March 12 when the sport was suspended two weeks after its season.
This report from The Canadian Press was first revealed on July three, 2020.
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