Major League Soccer is reportedly finalizing plans to resume its 2020 season in home markets following the MLS Is Back Tournament in Orlando, Florida.
According to the Washington Post, MLS is looking to restart its postponed campaign during the weekend of August 21-23 and aim to play through the fall, culminating with MLS Cup in mid-December.
The planned revived season would be preceded by a doubleheader between Nashville SC and FC Dallas – two teams who were forced to withdraw from the quarantined tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex due to coronavirus outbreaks in their traveling parties.
Both Major League Baseball and the United Soccer League Championship have been forced to postpone multiple games, having resumed their season in home markets, highlighting the risks of the initiative.
Teams are likely to travel by private buses for shorter journeys and by commercial airlines for longer trips to mitigate coronavirus-related health problems, the report added.
Spectators are expected, where allowed under local guidelines.
The league’s three Canadian teams – Toronto FC, Montreal Impact ,and Vancouver Whitecaps – are expected to play a series of games against each other in Canada before relocating temporarily to the United States to complete their schedules, if allowed.