As the German top-flight soccer league, the Bundesliga, gets set to return to play this weekend, Major League Soccer has reportedly proposed a new option for its own return.
The proposal would take all 26 MLS teams to Orlando, where they would practice and play matches at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex while being quarantined at one of the resorts near Walt Disney World.
Some MLS teams have been able to return to individual training at team facilities in the past week as their states start to open back up from the coronavirus pandemic. The plan is for some of those teams to start training in small groups in the coming weeks just as the Bundesliga did in ramping up to its return.
MLS reportedly wants to bring all 26 of its teams to Orlando to start training on June 1st with a June 22nd date to resume competitive matches. What the format of those matches looks like remains unclear. It’s also not certain whether they will be counted towards the 2019 regular-season standings or be a standalone tournament.
The availability of testing remains an issue as the number of players and staff would total around 1,000 people, according to reporting from the Washington Post. At a time when the American public is struggling to get adequate testing, it is unknown whether MLS could garner the needed number of tests to insure the safety of its players and staff in Orlando.
The Orlando plan is one of multiple options MLS is reportedly looking into, but there is also the backdrop of the league proposing a uniform 20-percent cut on players’ salaries ,which will require a resolution before the league returns to play.
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