The trials and tribulations of the MLS continue

Les déboires de la MLS se poursuivent

This would be the second match of Group C, but it has not taken place. It was learned on Sunday morning that the meeting between Toronto FC and D. C. United has been postponed due to a possible case of COVID-19 in a player.

To explain its decision, the MLS has indicated that according to his protocol, health and safety, the clubs need to be tested on the eve of each match, but that due to the date of arrival of the two teams, a new series of tests were scheduled for Sunday morning.

According to the results of the tests conducted Saturday, on the eve of the match, there was a case not confirmed, while another test proved to be inconclusive for another player.

Since then, it seems that the two new tests have been negative. The players concerned must have another negative test to confirm that they are not infected.

Domino effect

The match will therefore be played this morning and it causes a domino effect. In fact, the match between the Toronto FC and the Impact, which was to be held on Wednesday evening, has been moved to Thursday evening.

It must be remembered that this is the second time that this meeting is postponed since it was originally scheduled to take place Friday.

We had, however, pushed the match as both teams had arrived in Orlando late on, which had delayed the first tests.

The good news is that the cases are ultimately not positive, but it sows all the same a doubt about the tightness of the bubble of the MLS.

Confusion

The postponement of the match has been surrounded by confusion since D. C. United has presented to the field while Toronto stayed in the hotel.

It was then learned that this is a player of D. C. who received a false positive. The test is inconclusive is found in the Toronto area.

If one summarizes the first week of the tournament, we can say that it’s not going very well. FC Dallas and Nashville SC have been excluded from the tournament due to outbreaks of COVID-19.

The league has been forced to redraft the two groups to compensate for the withdrawal of the two clubs.

So on this match between d.c. United and Toronto FC is postponed. You really have to wonder if the league will be able to go to the end of the tournament which should end with the final on 11 August.

Error

A big mistake on the part of MLS has been to insist to take this tournament to Orlando, while the cases were on the rise in Florida. We also recorded more than 15 300 case Sunday, a new record.

And we did not particularly required that the employees of the hotel are also in the bubble rather than allow them to go home every night.

In fact, the biggest mistake was choosing to hold this tournament in the United States without even consider doing it in Canada, in a safer environment.

And a third big mistake was to ask the teams to arrive in Orlando only a week before the start of the tournament, a rule that has not even been respected by all the clubs.

Call for the cancellation

More and more observers of the MLS is putting pressure so that the league has to cancel the tournament even if he is not yet old for a week.

The withdrawal of two teams, and the fitness of the match between d.c. United and Toronto FC, Sunday morning was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many of them.

Paul Kennedy, editor-in-chief of Soccer America, is one of those who campaign for the cancellation of the tournament, especially in the current situation in Florida.

“Such a decision would create a good feeling amongst the players, would exempt Disney from any liability (if the bubble was no longer to be reliable), and would position the league as a leader “, he advanced on Twitter.

In touch

Minnesota clings

Minnesota United made a comeback with two goals in stoppage time (90+2, 90+7) to steal a victory of 2 to 1 at Sporting Kansas City.

After scoring the first goal of the match in the 43rd minute, Khiry Shelton is guilty of an own goal (90+2). Kevin Molino (90+7) has completed the ascent.

Kansas City played the last quarter of an hour to ten after the expulsion of goalkeeper Tim Melia.

The other match of the evening between Real Salt Lake and the Rapids of the Colorado river, began at the time of going to press.

From father to son

We had a lovely time Saturday night when the former coach of the Columbus Crew and current american breeder, Gregg Berhalter, has seen his son Sebastian playing his first minutes of professional.

Berhalter is in Orlando in order to spy on the players of the national team, but he also took the opportunity to go see the offspring play in a victory without call of 4 to 0 on the CF Cincinnati. Sebastian Berhalter is a midfielder, 19 years of age who has signed a contract for a player formed at the club, with the Crew last January. He made his debut entering as a substitute in the 77th minute.

Reyes return

Transported to the hospital by ambulance last Wednesday, the central defender of Inter Miami, Andrés Reyes, has returned to train with his team on Saturday.

Reyes had collapsed after receiving the elbow of Dom Dwyer in the throat, a shot seemingly accidental.

Reyes seemed in extreme pain and having difficulty breathing. Fortunately, there has been more fear than harm.

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