Vancouver Whitecaps return to the field after 8 positive tests for COVID-19


The MLS match is back between FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps scheduled for Thursday has been postponed after eight players tested positive for coronavirus.The group stage match will be postponed, the league announced on Saturday.

FC Dallas announced earlier this week that six players tested positive for the virus when they arrived in Florida for the tournament. The entire team has been quarantined.

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Two Whitecaps players tested positive, forcing the team to stay in Canada, the league said.

Additional tests were negative, but the team had to postpone their trips until Monday. The MLS tournament is back to open on Wednesday with a game between Orlando City and the Inter Miami expansion.

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Vancouver Whitecaps Resume Individual Training

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The 26 teams in the league will be sequestered in hotels for the duration of the month-long fanless tournament at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

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MLS was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 12 after the teams each played two games.

FC Dallas said all players and staff were negative for coronavirus before leaving for the tournament last Saturday.

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On arrival, two players tested positive. Subsequent tests have found four other players infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

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“In consultation with MLS medical officials, FC Dallas has taken proactive steps to isolate the affected new players as well as all FC Dallas players and staff in Orlando from an abundance of
caution. All members of the club’s delegation are following MLS health and safety protocols and will remain in quarantine in their hotel rooms pending further COVID-19 testing results, “the team said in a statement.

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The names of the players have not been released. The league has declared that no other team is in contact with the FC Dallas delegation.

League protocol requires players and staff to be tested every two days upon arrival in Florida.

FC Dallas will now open the tournament on July 15 against the Seattle Sounders, while the Whitecaps will play the San Jose Earthquakes later today.

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