MLS teams arriving in Orlando for the MLS is Back tournament


MLS clubs arrive in Orlando before the MLS is Back tournament, which begins July 8.The San Jose earthquakes were the first team to land in Florida and several others have joined since. The busiest arrival day to date has been on Wednesday July 1st, Chicago Fire FC and Inter Miami CF have confirmed their intention to arrive on Wednesday.

The New England Revolution was to join them on Thursday, July 2.

All teams must arrive in Orlando and begin health and safety protocols no later than seven days before their opening tournament game.

Be sure to check this page over the next few days for images and audio clips of each team’s arrival.

July 2: New England Revolution

The Revs left Foxborough Thursday morning and were scheduled to join the other clubs later today.

July 1: Chicago Fire FC, Inter Miami CF

Inter Miami and Chicago FC both left for central Florida on Wednesday, with Miami even starting with fans before getting on the bus.

Chicago also shared images of their departure:

June 29: FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati arrived in Orlando on Monday June 29, a day after rival Columbus, whom they will face at the opening of the tournament on July 11 (10:30 am ET on FS1, TUDN, TSN).

June 28: Columbus Crew SC & Minnesota United

It’s Columbus and Minnesota’s turn to land in Orlando on Sunday, June 28.

While Crew SC opens July 11 with a “Hell is Real” rivalry match against FC Cincinnati, the MNUFC will begin group play a day later against Sporting Kansas City – aka “Nicest Rivalry” (8ET on ESPN, TSN).

June 27: FC Dallas

The FC Dallas delegation arrived on Saturday, June 27, wearing black and white t-shirts with the words “History must not repeat itself” and the hashtag Black Lives Matter #BLM.

FC Dallas’ first group game falls Thursday July 9 against Vancouver (10:30 p.m. ET on TUDN & Twitter in the USA; TSN in Canada).

June 25: Orlando City SC

After a final morning workout at their own facility, Orlando made the short trip to Walt Disney World on Thursday, June 25:

June 24: San Jose earthquakes

The Earthquakes were the first MLS team to arrive in Orlando on Wednesday June 24:

Before embarking on the trip to Florida, San Jose coach Matias Almeyda made it clear that the club had priority to arrive early as it was unable to provide full team training on its national market:

Health and safety protocol

Before, during and after the arrival of each team, health and safety comes first.

Before traveling to Orlando, all essential members of a club delegation must undergo two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests 24 hours apart. Upon arrival in Florida, all individuals will immediately receive an additional PCR test and players will not be able to begin training and staff will not be able to begin work until a negative result from the first PCR test in Orlando is received.

The tests don’t stop there. During the first two weeks of a person in Orlando, that person will be tested every two days. After these first 14 days, players, coaches and PRO staff will be tested regularly, including the day before each match day.


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