Dallas Drops Out of MLS Tournament at Walt Disney World Due to Increase In COVID-19 Cases Among Players
Yesterday, the announcement was made that F.C. Dallas has been pulled from the Major League Soccer tournament at Walt Disney World Resort after 10 players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
The tests came in only after the team arrived in Florida where the tournament is expected to kick off tomorrow at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. All of the team’s players, coaches and staff were ordered to quarantine in their rooms since they arrived. According to a recent piece in the New York Times, most of the players are asymptomatic will dull headaches or low-grade fevers.
“Given the impact of the number of positive tests on the club’s ability to train and play competitive matches, we have made the decision to withdraw F.C. Dallas from the M.L.S. is Back Tournament,” M.L.S. Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement.
Three players from two other MLS teams have also tested positive for the virus. That brings the total number of cases up to 13 out of the 557 players currently in Florida.
Dallas’ departure leaves 25 clubs to compete at the month-long tournament. The league also has the distinction of being the first professional sports team in North American to return to competition in North America.
The MLS players will be returning to Frisco, Texas but must first follow the protocols for travel with so many players having tested positive for the virus. In the meantime, they will continue to take up residence at the Swan and Dolphin Resort which is owned by Marriott located at Walt Disney World.
This is a story that we’ll continue to follow closely here at MickeyBlog. Readers are encouraged to keep checking back in with us for the latest news and updates.
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Source: New York Times