TORONTO, Canada—Toronto FC announced today that the club has discontinued training for the time being after multiple members of the Toronto FC team delegation tested positive for COVID-19.
“During mandatory testing as part of preseason training, multiple members of the Toronto FC team delegation tested positive for COVID-19,” the club released in a statement. “As a precaution, club personnel are currently isolating and TFC has discontinued training until contact tracing and follow-up testing has been conducted. The club will continue to follow, and strictly enforce, all health and safety protocols, and is working with Toronto Public Health to ensure the players return to training as soon as is safely possible.”
The Reds have been training behind closed doors back-and-forth between BMO Field Training Grounds and BMO Field since Feb. 17 in preparation for the Canadian Championship against Forge FC, which was reportedly set to take place later this month. It is unclear at this time if this news will alter or put a dent in any of those plans.
For what it’s worth, the Hamilton-based club have yet to receive permission from government officials to begin training, and their owner is quite unhappy about that.
It’s also worth noting that the Men’s Olympic Qualifiers are supposed to take place later this month, beginning March 18. Toronto FC were already on the fence about sending some of their players, and we imagine that this latest outbreak doesn’t help.
Toronto FC will provide further updates later in the week as additional information becomes available.