COVID-19: Third wave hits MLS hard

MLS was shut down two weeks into its 25th season when the coronavirus pandemic arrived in March.

It restarted with the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando just as the second wave of the coronavirus hit in early summer.

And it's heading into the homestretch just as the third wave is again raising coronavirus case levels around the country.

In early July, FC Dallas and Nashville SC were forced to withdraw from MLS is Back without playing a game when they were hit by COVID-19 outbreaks.

This weekend, MLS has been forced to postpone three games following confirmed cases of COVID-19.

On Friday, the league announced that for the fourth time in two weeks the Colorado Rapids couldn't play after a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Colorado player pool forced the postponement of Saturday's Colorado-LA Galaxy match. Through Friday, 17 individuals on the Rapids -- five players and 12 staff members -- have tested positive.

On Saturday evening, MLS postponed two more games scheduled for Sunday:

-- Orlando City vs. Columbus (two members of the Crew Staff have confirmed cases of COVID-19).
-- FC Dallas vs. Minnesota United (two Minnesota United players have confirmed cases of COVID-19).

After this weekend, four weeks remain in the regular seasons.

Colorado has 10 games still to play -- including two makeup games yet to be rescheduled.

FC Dallas and the Galaxy have to play eight games over the next four weeks. Besides the reschedule match against Minnesota United, FC Dallas must face Nashville SC in the third of three games needed to be made up for regular-season matches lost because they were sent home from MLS is Back.

Columbus, Minnesota United and Orlando City have seven games to play -- including their makeup games -- so they still have one free date to work with.
1 comment about "COVID-19: Third wave hits MLS hard".
  1. James Madison, October 11, 2020 at 6:08 p.m.

    I know the players in particular are yhoung and want to socialize, but management needs to get its leadership act together!!

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