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Six FC Dallas players test positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Orlando

Six FC Dallas players have officially tested positive for the Covid-19 virus since arriving in Orlando, Florida, for Major League Soccer’s MLS Is Back Tournament.

Two of the players tested positive immediately upon arrival at the host hotel last weekend, with an additional four testing positive in the past two days. All six players have been put in an isolation area, which will include monitoring of symptoms and regular follow-up testing.

Since the announcement, there have been multiple reports of four additional members of the FC Dallas delegation, representing three players and a coach, also testing positive but those additional cases have not been confirmed.

The remainder of the FC Dallas delegation are quarantining in hotel rooms, pending the results of additional coronavirus testing. FC Dallas said these steps were taken “out of an abundance of caution.”

According to the league, no other members of the MLS delegation at the host hotel have tested positive, and no other club has been in contact with the FC Dallas delegation since they arrived in Florida.

Every member of the FC Dallas traveling party tested negative for Covid-19 on departure to Orlando on Saturday evening, the team said.

FC Dallas’s first game of the quarantined summer tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex is scheduled for July 9 against Vancouver Whitecaps.

It is unclear how the positive tests will potentially impact that game or FC Dallas’s participation in the tournament. Other MLS teams are continuing to arrive in Orlando this week. Earlier this week, MLS reported 26 cases of Covid-19 and a player positive rate of 2.7 per cent.

The competition is set to begin on July 8 with a doubleheader involving Orlando City SC against expansion club Inter Miami CF, and Nashville SC playing Chicago Fire FC.

Last week, the Orlando Pride was forced to withdraw from the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup after a number of positive Covid-19 tests within the organization.