“Under the league’s health and safety protocols, clubs are tested the day before each match,” the league wrote in a press release. “The results of yesterday’s tests for D.C. United and Toronto FC produced an initial unconfirmed positive COVID-19 case for one player and an inconclusive case for another player.”
After two worrying tests, this afternoon, those re-tests have reportedly come back negative, paving the way for both teams to continue as per norm.
MLS has since announced the match will be rescheduled. We’ve heard Monday morning may be the most plausible option, but stay tuned. It is unclear whether or not this directly effects TFC’s game vs. Montreal, but there’s a strong belief that the game Wednesday will also be pushed back as a result.
BREAKING NEWS!!!— Matt Pyzdrowski (@mattpyzdrowski) July 12, 2020
Ok, this is new for me but here we go...
Have a source who just told me the @TorontoFC vs @dcunited game this morning in @MLS is being cancelled.
Each team had a player test positive for COVID overnight.
Protocol is to leave players quarantined at hotel and
Joshua Kloke of the Athletic confirmed Pyzdrowski’s report.
MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott on a conference call says TFC game will be rescheduled. Confirms one DC player had positive test, but not final positive as awaiting results of second test. TFC player had inconclusive test, player has been re-tested. #TFCLive— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) July 12, 2020
D.C. United is reportedly the team to receive an unconfirmed positive test, while Toronto FC had an inconclusive test. Both teams were reportedly cleared to travel to the stadium, but only D.C. opted to take the risk.
The league is now awaiting the results of follow-up tests.
We’ll continue to update this situation as we hear more.