Matches between FC Dallas and Minnesota United, to Columbus Crew FC and Orlando City, have been postponed following outbreaks of the coronavirus. It’s been reported by Major League Soccer that both employed personnel & players have contracted the virus unexpectedly. It’s been confirmed that Columbus Crew FC is the infected team, prompting a postponement match for Orlando City. Fourteen days of quarantine are required for these infected personnel & players before their return to competition can be permitted.
Minnesota United has experienced two positive cases within their player division, and a single infection across their employed personnel. It means that FC Dallas loses another match throughout the 2020 MLS Season. Major League Soccer hasn’t revealed when these games will resume, with weeks to months possibly sustaining this postponement. Infected with Minnesota United have been boarded in “COVID Zones” at undesignated hotels. These individuals cannot leave their rooms under any circumstances for fourteen days.
The Press Release
Major League Soccer released a formal statement regarding the postponement of these two matches. It was clarified that the guaranteed health & safety of uninfected personnel to players became the priority. MLS stated that additional evaluation & testing would occur on October 12.
New players or personnel found with positive infections will be forced into isolation. It should be noted that both Columbus Crew FC & Minnesota United have disbanded meetings and practices to ensure potentially additional infected, don’t spread the virus further. MLS finalized their formal statement by evoking new match dates & times will be announced later this year.
Additional MLS Infections
Major League Soccer has announced a multitude of COVID-19 infections since September 23. It began with the Colorado Rapids, who had four players test positive for coronavirus & two staff members. Infections throughout the Rapids Camp have continued since the 23rd, showing that outbreaks can occur with professional teams for prolonged periods. The Colorado Rapids have seen matches with the LA Galaxy, LAFC, Portland Timbers, and Kansas City FC all terminated in recent weeks. Coaching personnel must enforce stronger protocols for players & staff to eliminate the coronavirus outbreak.