FC Dallas will not participate in the MLS is Back tournament following the high number of positive tests of the coronavirus within the club, Major League Soccer announced on Monday.
Since arriving to Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex on June 27 outside of Orlando, Florida, the club has had 10 players and one member of its technical staff test positive. The team has been under quarantine since then, preventing them from training.
“Given the impact of the number of positive tests on the club’s ability to train and play competitive matches, we have made the decision to withdraw FC Dallas from the MLS is Back Tournament,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a league statement. “The health of everyone involved in our return to play has always been our top priority, and we will continue to make decisions consistent with that priority.”
FC Dallas was scheduled to play the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday in their opening match of the tournament, but that game was postponed.
Now, FCD will no longer be part of the event, set to run from July 8 through Aug.11.
Of the 557 players currently in Orlando, 13 total players have been confirmed positive for the coronavirus, 10 of those being FC Dallas players and the remaining three from two other clubs.