MLS clubs will begin arriving in Orlando this week ahead of the MLS is Back Tournament, which will get underway on July 8.
The San Jose Earthquakes were the first team to touch down in Florida on Wednesday afternoon prior to being transferred to their hotel at Walt Disney World. Be sure to check this page throughout the coming days for images and soundbites from each team’s arrival.
All teams are required to arrive in Orlando and begin health and safety protocols no later than seven days before their opening match in the tournament.
Health & Safety Protocol
Before, during and after each team’s arrival, health and safety is at the forefront of considerations.
Prior to traveling to Orlando, all essential members of a club delegation are required to undergo two Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests 24 hours apart. Upon arrival in Florida, all individuals will immediately receive an additional PCR test and players may only begin training and staff may begin working upon receipt of a negative result from the first PCR test in Orlando.
The testing doesn’t end there. During an individual’s first two weeks in Orlando, that person will be tested every other day. After those first 14 days, players, coaches and PRO staff will be tested regularly, including the day before each matchday.
June 24: San Jose Earthquakes
The Earthquakes were the first MLS team to arrive in Orlando on Wednesday, June 24:
Before embarking on the trip to Florida, San Jose coach Matias Almeyda made it clear that the club prioritized getting in early since they weren’t able to conduct full-team training in their home market:
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) June 24, 2020