Orlando (AP) – Major League Soccer aims to continue the regular season one day after the final of the Florida comeback tournament and spectators are expected to enter the stadiums.
In these games with fans, there should be an anthem before kickoff, where players can kneel in solidarity with the anti-racism protests in the US. “We will continue to support this,” emphasized MLS chief Garber and, in view of the follow-up plans and the corona risk, said in a press conference with mostly critical American journalists, “If it doesn’t work, we won’t go any further.”
On August 11, the Portland Timbers will play Orlando City SC at the Disney World site in Orlando to win the “MLS is back” tournament, 24 hours later FC Dallas and Nashville SC in Texas are scheduled. Continue the main round in the MLS, which was interrupted after two days of play. Both teams could not participate in the tournament in Florida due to too many corona cases. Garber denied that spectators were allowed to attend the match, as was initially heard. The application has been submitted, a decision is still being processed.
After the schedule was published, Garber pointed out that the league needed to maintain a lot of flexibility. “We know we have a few challenges. We know it won’t be easy and there could be problems that could even force us to postpone matches. We understand the need to be flexible.”
Whether spectators are allowed in the stadiums must be decided taking into account the applicable rules of the US states. Garber did not want to allow comparisons to Major League Baseball, which, like the Bundesliga, does not allow spectators to enter the stadiums, but has huge problems with corona cases in the teams. The concept of the MLB is months old.