Whitecaps' match against FC Dallas at MLS is Back Tournament pushed back


MLS stated the six FC Dallas players were the only ones who tested positive from among the 392 people who have been tested.

Major League Soccer announced Saturday that it would be postponing the first match of the MLS is Back Tournament scheduled for Thursday after several FC Dallas members tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Florida.

Only 10 of 26 teams have arrived in Orlando ahead of the scheduled start of the MLS is Back tournament next Wednesday, but the effectiveness of the league's bubble is already being severely tested.

Six players from FC Dallas in the last week have tested positive for COVID-19.

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The MLSisBack tournament group stage matches which will count toward the overall 2020 regular season standings (win = 3 points, draw = 1 point, loss = 0 points).

MLS said the postponement would allow both teams to have additional training days in Orlando before opening tournament play.

To date, no Whitecaps players have tested positive for the virus. The entire league is staying in Orlando, and will play all matches at the Wide World of Sports complex. 3rd Degree reported a third player tested positive on Monday and then three more each on Tuesday and Wednesday. "All members of the club delegation are following MLS health and safety protocols and will remain quarantined in their hotel rooms pending the results of further COVID-19 testing", the team said in a statement.

Vancouver and Dallas were drawn into Group B, along with reigning MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes.