MLS to resume season August 12 but Canadian teams uncertain

MLS to resume season August 12 but Canadian teams uncertain

"Some really valuable lessons were learned at the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, and collectively we know what we have to do to continue playing matches safely". To make up the three matches missed from the tournament, FC Dallas and Nashville SC are playing an additional three matches, against each other, with the first two games on August 12 and 16 and a third game to be schedule in the fall. Dallas and Nashville will play three games against each other, having been forced to withdraw from the MLS is Back tournament because of COVID-19 cases.

Each club will play 18 additional regular season games in a phased approach, culminating with Decision Day on Sunday, Nov. 8. In an expansion of the postseason for 2020, 18 clubs will compete in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs - up from 14 teams a year ago. Teams will take chartered flights, or buses, and for the majority of road trips will arrive in the host market on matchday and depart after the match later that evening. In addition to the two El Tráfico matches with LAFC, the Galaxy will play at home against Seattle (Aug. 26) and San Jose (Aug. 29) and on the road at Portland (Sept. 2) and San Jose (Sept 13). Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, these home matches are scheduled to be played without fans.

"We understand that getting back to play is going to have some challenges", Garber said.

"We are willing to work with our clubs if they're going to abide by those guidelines to see if we could have [fans] attend our games", said Garber, whose league's largest source of revenue has been ticket sales. "And we have to start, we've got to give it a try".

After the league's season was halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, MLS returned to the pitch last month with the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, Florida. On that date a total of 1,323 Americans had tested positive for COVID-19 and 38 had died. The return to play in home markets will feature comprehensive health and safety protocols, including regular testing of players, coaches and essential staff for COVID-19.

The final between the Portland Timbers and Orlando City set for August 11.

"I do think it's an issue", she said. Can people attend games and not get sick? "Just because you are an elite sports team doesn't mean you don't have to take the same precautions as everyone else". Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays franchise was denied the ability to play in Toronto because of that reason.

Dr. Jared Baeten, vice dean at the University of Washington's School of Public Health, said those missteps are a result of the leagues trying to do too much too soon. The MLS planners came up with a bubble protocol with lots of testing.

Nesbitt becomes the first woman to officiate an MLS final, after serving as the reserve assistant referee for the 2018 MLS Cup Final.

"The risk for the fans is there", he said.

Due to travel restrictions between the USA and Canada, MLS announced the initial phase of the league's revised schedule with each US club playing six matches against other USA teams by September 14. "And if we can't do that in a way that is safe and one that's ensuring the health of our players, then we'll have to address it".

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