The United States has not got a grip on the corona crisis: The number of new infections has been increasing steadily since mid-June. For a week now, US authorities have been reporting around 50,000 a day, primarily from the states of Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and California. Two days before the planned start of the corona-related comeback tournament, the US Major League Soccer (MLS) now has to do without an entire team and the biggest star in the league.
Because of too many infections in the team, FC Dallas is not allowed to participate in the Florida tournament that starts on Thursday night. This was shared by the US professional football league on Monday (local time) With. Ten players and a Texan maintainer had tested positive for the virus upon arrival in Orlando.
“Given the impact of the number of positive tests on the club’s ability to train and play competitive games, we have decided to withdraw Dallas from the MLS is back tournament,” said MLS boss Don Garber, according to the announcement. Of the 557 players currently in Orlando, three other athletes from other teams are also infected.
Vela had voluntarily canceled
The MLS made the decision only hours after Carlos Vela’s cancellation. Last season’s most valuable player and top scorer, professional at Los Angeles FC, voluntarily refuses to participate due to concerns about the health of his pregnant wife.
From July 8th to August 11th, the MLS wants to play a tournament in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on the grounds of the Disney World amusement park. After the competition, the regular season, which was interrupted after two match days, is to be continued before the playoffs follow. Sporting incentive of the Florida tournament: The points from the group games count for the regular season, the winner also receives a ticket for the Concacaf Champions League.
Football is the first major team sport in the United States to return with live games after the Corona break. The women have been active since the end of June. Baseball in the MLB is to be played two weeks after the start of the MLS tournament, the NBA basketball players want to return to the field at the end of July, the ice hockey professionals of the NHL at the beginning of August. The WNBA with the German basketball player Satou Sabally from the Dallas Wings is still a few weeks away from the start of the season.
Effects on the tournament are still unclear
The effects of the planned continuation of the season of the withdrawal of Dallas from the tournament is still unclear. Texas is now one of the most affected by the pandemic in the United States – surpassed only by New York, California and Florida. While there are only a few hundred new infections a day in New York, there have recently been more than ten thousand new cases in Florida.
The Dallas team had already traveled to Florida like the other participants, and the infected people were recently quarantined on the Disney World site. When they left Texas, all members of the travel company were negative, the league says. The club supported the decision, he said in one opinion With.