One day after D.C. United reported one of its players has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the team announced it’s preparing to host a full-squad training session for the first time in three months.
With the MLS is Back Tournament scheduled to begin July 8, D.C. United received clearance from local health officials to begin practicing at Audi Field on Monday.
The team was previously holding individual workouts for players, one of whom has since been quarantined for 14 days while he recovers from the coronavirus. No other players or staff have tested positive or displayed symptoms.
The team plans to enact strict social-distancing guidelines that include spacing out lockers 10 feet apart and leaving all doors open at the facility in order to limit the spread of the disease. Players will be subject to a physical, two Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests and a baseline antibody (serology) test before being allowed to participate in training.
D.C United will report to Orlando, Fla. around June 24 for the MLS is Back Tournament. Placed in Group C, United will play three group-stage matches before potentially moving on to a knockout round and subsequent tournament bracket.
The championship of the tournament is currently scheduled for Aug. 11.
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