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MLS Returns with Cup-Style Tournament

Disney World will host soccer, too. THE MLS IS BACK!

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MLS Returns with Cup-Style Tournament


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MLS returns!

Major League Soccer has announced today that they’ll be returning to play. Starting July 8th, MLS will begin a tournament comprised of all 26 teams at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. It will start with a group stage, then proceed to knockout stages.

The group stage matches will count toward regular-season point totals. And the winner of the tournament will win a birth into the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League.

“The opportunity to have all 26 clubs in a controlled environment enables us to help protect the health of our players, coaches and staff as we return to play. We also recognize that the death of George Floyd and others has focused our country on issues of racial injustice, inequality and violence against black men and women. Together with our owners, players and staff, the League and its Clubs are deeply committed to creating meaningful and impactful programs to address these issues that have plagued our society for far too long.”

– MLS Commissioner Don Garber

I’m intrigued by the fact that MLS has now joined the NBA in finding their way to Disney World in order to return to action. What’s even more intriguing is that MLS will be the first of the American sports leagues to return to action. They went from nearly as far apart as MLB and its players to beating even the NBA back to play.

Safety

Now, you’re probably thinking, how are they handling safety precautions? The league has put together a comprehensive explanation of what to expect.

Basically, it says that all who are traveling will be tested twice before arrival. Then, within the first two weeks they’ll be tested every other day. If anyone tests positive, contact tracing will be triggered. “A positive response to the daily questionnaire or a temperature check above 100.3 degrees must be reported and the individual in question will be isolated immediately and PCR testing will be performed.”

All staff will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Players and coaches will need to be “mindful of spitting and clearing their noses”. Players are asked not to switch jerseys or kiss the ball, and masks will be worn in all interviews.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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