Eight Players Test Positive for COVID-19, Major League Soccer Tournament Postponed

The MLS is Back Tournament match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Dallas has been postponed as eight players had tested positive for the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Accordingly, Dallas said that six players of the team had tested positive for the COVID-19 when arriving in Florida for the tournament.

It said that all players and staff had tested negative for the virus before leaving for the tournament. However, two players tested positive upon arrival, while four more players inflected with the virus after the subsequent tests.

Dallas proactively quarantined not only the newly-affected players but also all players of FC Dallas and staff in Orlando for the cautious reasons. At present, all members are following MLS health and safety protocols. They will remain isolated in the hotel rooms and waiting for the results of COVID-19 testing, the team said.

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Whitecaps said that two players had tested positive for the virus. Therefore, the team had to remain in Canada. Other players in the team were negative for the COVID-19. However, all members have yet to travel back.

The group-state game will be rescheduled, the league said.

Meanwhile, the MLS Back Tournament is projected to open earlier with a match between Orlando City and expansion Inter Miami.

The MLS has become the first major men’s sports league to resume in the United States, following the reoperation of the NWSL in June.

Earlier, the MLS shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12 after teams had played two games each.

After the resumption, 26 teams will stay in hotels at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World during the month-long tournament without fans.

As scheduled, Dallas will re-open the tournament on July 15 against the Seattle Sounders, while the Whitecaps will play the San Jose Earthquakes later.