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Report: Toronto FC say no players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19

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MLS announced that 18 players and six staff from around the league tested positive, but it appears none are from TFC

Jozy Altidore and rookie Achara share a laugh before the 2020 home opener at BMO Field. Achara would go on to score the game-winner in his first-ever MLS appearance.
(Sean Pollock/Waking the Red)

TORONTO, Canada—On Sunday evening, Major League Soccer (MLS) provided a COVID-19 testing update ahead of next month’s Disney World festivities.

“As of Sunday, 18 MLS players and six club staff received positive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests prior to travel to Orlando for the MLS is Back Tournament,” the league wrote in a statement. “A total of 668 players have been tested since early June.”

Players who tested positive for the virus will be able to re-join their teammates within “the bubble” in Orlando when they receive medical clearance. In addition, players who test positive during the tournament, will be isolated until they receive medical clearance to return to action.

According to The Canadian Press’ Neil Davidson, Toronto FC will not have anyone to isolate as the club is reporting that none of their players or staff have tested positive for the virus.

The Reds are back at BMO Field, training in an attempt to get back up to match fitness and sharpness ahead of the ‘MLS is Back’ Tournament, set to take place Jul. 8 - Aug. 11 in Orlando, Florida.

The Reds will stay North of the border for as long as possible before heading down to the States: Ontario reported 257 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, whereas Florida reported 8,530 new cases on Sunday.

The team is required to be in the bubble seven days before their first kickoff date.

Toronto plays D.C. United on July 10, with the New England Revolution and rivals Montreal Impact lined up later in the month to round out group play at the World Cup style of tournament.

According to Davidson, Vancouver Whitecaps FC also reported no tests were from their club, while Montreal declined to comment.