After reviews and rumors have hinted at it, Main League Soccer has officially announced that the 2020 regular season will resume within the house markets of its member golf equipment in August, following the conclusion of the MLS is Again Event. Orlando City’s return to regular-season play will happen Saturday, Aug. 22 at Eight p.m. at Inter Miami CF.
Every crew will play 18 extra regular-season matches in 2020, for a complete of 25 — two performed earlier than the break and three every throughout the group stage of MLS is Again — besides FC Dallas and Nashville SC, which is able to play one another three extra occasions to bridge the hole in video games performed. Determination Day will happen Nov. 8, with 18 groups qualifying for the 2020 postseason. The Audi MLS Cup playoffs will start Nov. 20, with MLS Cup set for Dec. 12.
The league’s press launch stated that “the vast majority of the matches can be performed with out followers in attendance.” Nonetheless, it does point out that golf equipment positioned in markets with decrease restrictions would possibly host matches with restricted capability attendance. The league is working with the golf equipment and native authorities on a plan to permit some followers in markets the place it’s permitted.
As for the COVID-19 pandemic itself — which shut down the league in March after solely two match weekends — the league is working with its infectious illness advisors and the MLS Gamers Affiliation on a testing plan.
All golf equipment are forming testing partnerships with a neighborhood licensed lab, and all gamers, technical workers, and important membership workers can be examined each different day, together with the day earlier than every matchday. Additionally, pointers can be supplied to gamers, coaches and important workers to keep away from the danger of contracting and spreading COVID-19 throughout their time away from membership amenities.
The largest hurdle remaining is cope with the league’s Canadian sides.
Because of journey restrictions between the U.S. and Canada, Main League Soccer is working with the league’s three Canadian golf equipment concerning plans to proceed the common season. Extra particulars on schedules for the Canadian groups can be introduced within the close to future.
Journey can be a difficulty, getting simpler in some respects, however harder in others.
Groups will take chartered flights, or buses, and for almost all of highway journeys they’ll arrive within the host market on matchday and depart after the match later within the day.
Whereas permitting chartered flights is a constructive step, arriving on match day and heading again out on the highway after the sport that very same day isn’t a super scenario. It’s going to make MLS highway video games even harder than they already are.
Nonetheless, it will likely be thrilling to have league video games again. Orlando Metropolis’s run within the MLS is Again Event, coupled with an expanded playoff subject, could have Orlando followers newly optimistic concerning the 2020 season.
The league’s return to play can be introduced in phases, with the matches in part one already scheduled and introduced. Here’s a record of scheduled Orlando Metropolis regular-season part one matches so far, all of that are towards Inter Miami, Atlanta United, and Nashville SC (all occasions jap):
- Saturday, Aug. 22 — at Inter Miami CF, Eight p.m.
- Wednesday, Aug. 26 — vs. Nashville SC, 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 29 — at Atlanta United, 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 2 — at Nashville SC, 8:30 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 6 — vs. Atlanta United, 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 12 — vs. Inter Miami, 7:30 p.m.
We’ll hold you up to date on particulars of Orlando Metropolis’s return to play as they’re introduced, together with any plans to permit followers to attend.
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