U.S. National Hockey League Returns on August 1

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has negatively affected many fields in the world, including sports. As one of the hardest-hurt countries by the pandemic, the United States has forces many sports events to suspend or cancel on the safety concerns.

1National Hockey League (NHL)

Until now, some of them begin the resumption, including the U.S. National Hockey League (NHL) on August 1 with a modified postseason format. The league will have 24 teams with several play-off rounds, capped by the Stanly Cup. However, no regular-season games will be held.

Toronto and Edmonton will be the main host cities where the season is reorganized. Of which, Eastern Conference games will take place at Scotiabank Place in Toronto while Western Conference games will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Like the NBA, the NHL has many similar rules to maintain the safety of the COVID-19 pandemic, including daily testing and face mask-wearing at all times.

The NHL said that they conducted 4,256 COVID-19 tests on July 18-25, and no one was positive for the disease.

The NHL halted its season on March 12, one day after the NBA temporarily stopped its season.

2/ Major League Soccer (MLS)

Before the NHL, the Major League Soccer resumed on July 8 after a long suspension from March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league has restarted with a postseason-only “MLS is Back” tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The league has included 26 teams whose players have been tested every single day for the first two weeks. The frequency for the testing has been less then, the ESPN said. 

However, FC Dallas has been forced to remove from the MLS due to a high number of COVID-19 positive tests. 

3/ National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

The NWSL was the first sports leagues in the USA to return during the COVID-19 pandemic on June 27.

However, many top players such as Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath decided not to play this season.