Covid issues for MLS is Back Tournament as Nashville SC’s opener is postponed

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NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 29: Dax McCarty #6 of the Nashville SC passes the ball during the first half against the Atlanta United at Nissan Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

ORLANDO — Major League Soccer has postponed the second match of the MLS is Back tournament after five Nashville players tested positive for COVID-19, the league announced Tuesday.

The match between Nashville and Chicago was initially scheduled for Wednesday. The league said two Nashville players tested positive last weekend and three more positive tests were confirmed Monday night. Four more players received inconclusive results and are requiring further testing.

The league said it would continue to evaluate Nashville’s participation in the tournament.

It’s a second straight day of testing results putting the status of one of the tournament participants in question. FC Dallas withdrew from the tournament on Monday after 10 players and one coach tested positive.

The tournament is still set to open Wednesday with a nationally televised match between Orlando City and expansion Inter Miami.

FC Dallas announced last week that six players had tested positive upon arrival in Florida for the tournament, and the entire team was quarantined. As a result, the team’s opening match on Thursday against the Vancouver Whitecaps was postponed.

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