Update: Earlier reports are true, as Toronto FC and MLS have confirmed that the game will take place on Monday morning at 9 a.m. EST.
Their second game of the MLS is Back tournament group stage vs. Montreal has been rescheduled as well, and will now be played on Thursday, July 16 at 8 p.m. EST.
Both games will still be televised on TSN.
BRAMPTON, Canada—After being postponed
Friday afternoon Sunday morning, Toronto FC’s long-awaited return to the pitch has a new date.
Sunday’s match against DC United, postponed due to a COVID-19 scare, will now be played on Monday morning, according to The Canadian Press’ Neil Davidson. Many have speculated 9 a.m. for a kickoff time, but that is still to be determined.
The league announced via press release at 8:59 a.m. this morning, moments before kickoff, that a DC United player had produced an “unconfirmed positive test” while a Toronto FC player had an “inconclusive test.” The teams were allowed to travel to the stadium without the two players, which DC United decided to, but Toronto FC were more cautious, instead holding a team zoom chat to discuss their options, according to The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke.
During their zoom chat, the league reportedly postponed play, making TFC’s decision not to go to the field an easy one.
While D.C. United was en route to the field, Toronto FC players and staff were at the hotel, discussing their feelings about playing at all. @joshuakloke, @MLSist & @samstejskal report on the details behind this morning's #MLSisBack postponement: https://t.co/MZriIaeb1j— The Athletic Soccer (@TheAthleticSCCR) July 12, 2020
Thankfully, The Athletic’s Pablo Maurer has reported that both re-tests have since come back negative, and a few hours later, the match was reportedly rescheduled for Monday morning, pending no new positive COVID-19 tests.
NEWS: Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell me that both the #DCU player who tested positive for COVID-19 & the #TFC player whose result was inconclusive were re-tested this AM, and those tests came back negative.— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) July 12, 2020
More details coming shortly on @TheAthleticSCCR.
The game was originally supposed to take place on Friday, but got pushed back to Sunday after TFC arrived late to the bubble in Orlando. They delayed their travel multiple times, before finally making the trip on Monday.
With this match being moved, Toronto FC’s match against the Montreal Impact, originally scheduled for Wednesday night, may have to be moved as well. DC United vs New England Revolution, scheduled for Thursday night, may also be pushed back.
We will continue to update you on that front as we hear more information.