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Los Angeles (AFP)
The MLS has announced the exclusion of the Dallas Club from participating in the championship’s appeal after registering 11 cases of Corona virus among its members, including ten players.
A statement to the association said that ten players and a member of the Dallas technical staff have been infected with the virus “Covid-19” since their arrival in Orlando, Florida, where the tournament called “MLS is Back Tournaments” will be held in the form of a mini-championship in Disney complex as of Wednesday.
“Given the impact of the number of positive cases on the club’s ability to train and play competitive matches, we have made a decision to withdraw Dallas from the MLS Eyes Back Tournament +,” the association’s representative, Don Garber, said in a statement.
He continued, “The health of all participants in the resumption of the championship has always been a priority for us, and we will continue to make decisions consistent with that priority.”
“We definitely agree with the association’s decision to withdraw Dallas from the MLS ES Back Tournament + out of concerns about the safety of players and workers,” said Dallas club president Dan Hunt.
The association indicated that “out of the 557 players now in Orlando, 13 of them have been confirmed with the emerging coronavirus, 10 of them in Dallas and the other three from two other clubs.”
The competitions were suspended since last March after only two phases, and the League planned to complete it in the form of a World Cup-style formula with the participation of all 26 clubs (before excluding Dallas), starting with the groups and then eliminating roles until the final.
Dallas fell into group two alongside the Seattle Sounders, San Jose Orthquake and Vancouver White Caps, whose match was slated for July 9.
The tournament opens Wednesday with the encounter of Orlando City and Inter Miami, owned by former English football star David Beckham.
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