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Toronto FC postpones trip to Orlando after member of travel party reports ‘symptoms’ to medical staff

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Concerns around the MLS is Back tournament continue after more positive cases and delays

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A generic view of BMO Field during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, A Toronto FC player told team training staff that he was “experiencing symptoms.’
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Yikes.

Toronto FC announced Saturday afternoon that the club will be postponing travel to Orlando, Florida after a member of Toronto FC travel party reported that they were “experiencing symptoms to the team medical staff.”

Earlier in the day, The Athletic’s Joshua Kloke reported that the club will not travel today, as was scheduled. He also said that the earliest the team can leave for Florida is Monday. The flight that was reportedly supposed to carry the club to the tournament departed on schedule, but has since turned around and landed in Atlanta.

This news comes after multiple members of FC Dallas tested positive for Covid-19, causing their opening match against the Vancouver Whitecaps to be delayed.

The league originally mandated that clubs had to arrive at minimum a week before their opening match, which for Toronto FC is July 10 against D.C. United. This would have meant Toronto FC arriving yesterday.

Greg Vanney said earlier in the week in a media call that he was hoping to delay the club’s travel plans until there is more surety that the situation inside the MLS bubble is safe. The state of Florida reported 11,438 new cases today, with 1,166 cases coming in the county where the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is located.

We will continue to update this story as new development take place.