TFC II pulls out of 2020 USL League One

Toronto FC II, Toronto FC's second team, has withdrawn from the 2020 USL League One season due to what Toronto FC described as the "current public health restrictions."

How those restrictions would impact the Reds if MLS resumed its regular-season schedule is not known.

The NBA Raptors headed to Florida early to train at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers before pro basketball's return in Orlando because of the travel restrictions involved in crossing the United States-Canada border.

TFC II finished with a 9-10-9 record in the first season of the third-tier League One, where it averaged a paltry 168 fans a game. It never won more than six games in a season in four years in the USL Championship.

Four TFC II have been signed by Toronto FC in 2020: Jayden Nelson, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty and Rocco Romeo signed Homegrown contracts and former U.S. U-17 keeper Kevin Silva was signed last week.

The USL announced last week that League One teams would play a 20-game regular season, kicking off on July 18 and concluding on Oct. 24. The top two teams in the single-table standings will then meet a week later in the 2020 League One final.

TFC II's departure leaves the league with 11 teams in 10 states spanning the country from Revolution II in New England to Fort Lauderdale CF and Orlando City B in Florida and Tucson FC in Arizona.

The other teams: Chattanooga Red Wolves, Forward Madison, Greenville Triumph, defending champion North Texas SC, Union Omaha, Richmond Kickers and South Georgia Tormenta FC.

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