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Six Major League Soccer players test positive for coronavirus in Florida

The players are all with FC Dallas, and the entire team is quarantined ahead of a tournament scheduled to start next week at Disney World.
A sign marking the entrance to ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World is seen June 3. With Major League Soccer teams gathering at the Disney complex to resume their season with a tournament scheduled to start next week, six players from FC Dallas have tested positive for the coronavirus since arriving.
A sign marking the entrance to ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World is seen June 3. With Major League Soccer teams gathering at the Disney complex to resume their season with a tournament scheduled to start next week, six players from FC Dallas have tested positive for the coronavirus since arriving. [ JOHN RAOUX | AP ]
Published Jul. 1, 2020

Six players with FC Dallas have tested positive for the coronavirus and the entire team has been quarantined ahead of the MLS Is Back tournament at Disney World.

The club said in a statement Wednesday that the players tested positive upon arrival in Florida for the month-long tournament starting next week at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex.

The team said all players and staff members tested negative for the coronavirus before leaving for the tournament Saturday. Upon arrival, two players tested positive. Four more positive tests were uncovered in subsequent testing.

“In consultation with MLS medical officials, FC Dallas took proactive steps to isolate the newly affected players as well as all FC Dallas players and staff in Orlando out of an abundance of caution,” the team said. “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 … testing.”

The names of the players were not released.

The league said that no other team had been in contact with the FC Dallas delegation since its arrival.

All of the league’s 26 teams are sequestered in hotels in advance of the tournament to be played without fans. The tournament is scheduled to open next Wednesday.

MLS shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic March 12, after teams had played two games.

The league said Sunday that 18 players and six staff members had tested positive for the virus before teams departed for Orlando.

League protocol requires players and staff members to be tested every two days upon arrival in Florida. Teams began traveling last week in advance of the tournament.

FC Dallas is scheduled to open the tournament with a group-stage match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 9.

By ANNE M. PETERSON

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