With team withdrawals and delayed arrivals due to COVID-19, the “MLS is Back Tournament” will see an intrastate rivalry for Game 1

Major League Soccer announced that the MLS is Back Tournament Group A match between Nashville SC and Chicago Fire FC on July 8 has been postponed. The tournament will kick off tonight with Orlando City SC facing in-state rival Inter Miami. In addition, Toronto FC vs. D.C. United that was originally scheduled for July 10 will now take place on July 12 at 9 a.m. ET (ESPN2, TSN, TVA Sports) due to Toronto’s delayed arrival into Orlando. The San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC match on July 10 will now be played at 9 p.m. ET (ESPN, TSN, TVA). 

Since arriving in Orlando on July 3, five Nashville players have had confirmed positive tests for COVID-19. Two of the players received the confirmed positive results during the weekend and three players received confirmed positive results last night. In addition, four other players have received inconclusive test results, and require further testing. 

In addition to the five Nashville players, as announced yesterday, 10 FC Dallas players and one player from a third club have also received confirmed positive tests. In conjunction with the club, MLS will continue to evaluate Nashville SC’s participation in the MLS is Back Tournament following the results of additional testing.

Tournament Bracket

Info for Orlando City SC vs. Inter Miami:

GAME 1 Wednesday, July 8, 2020
(Group A – Match Round 1) 8 p.m. ET (ESPN / ESPN Deportes / TSN / TVA Sports)

All 26 teams have now arrived in Orlando and all MLS players have been tested at the host hotel for COVID-19.  

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