• Sophia Hosford

DC United and MLS are back

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

In preparation for the “MLS is Back” Tournament, DC United will head to Orlando, Florida on Friday after preparations in DC at Audi Field. According to WJLA’s Scott Abraham, “All 26 MLS teams will be competing in the tournament. There will be group play followed by a knockout stage to determine a champion”.

Similarly to the NBA and WNBA, training will begin soon in the Orlando area. On July 8th, the tournament will begin with a group stage, and will eventually culminate in a final on August 11th. Mirroring the actions of every other league returning to play, MLS has taken and will continue to take safety precautions such as daily COVID-19 antibody testing, isolation from the general population, the utilization of masks, and so forth, especially following the news of several positive cases from FC Dallas, and increasing positive tests from other clubs.

Following the tournament, MLS looks to kick off a typical season with Playoffs, and the 25th MLS Cup, the schedule for which will be developed at a later date per MLS Soccer Staff. Narrowly missing out on the playoffs in the 2018-2019 seasons, United aims for success in a post-Wayne Rooney era.

Fans hope to see the introduction of Argentine veteran Federico Higuaín pay off in the 2020 season and beyond. Veterans such as USMNT goalkeeper Bill Hamid, longtime MLS goalkeeper Chris Seitz, and experienced international defender, Frédéric Brillant look to lead the influx of local youth talent including Moses Nyeman of Maryland and Griffin Yow of Virginia just 16 and 17 years old.

With new additions, returning talent, and a desire to win, DC United plans for a successful tournament beginning in Group C, taking on Toronto FC on Friday, July 10th at 8pm on ESPN.

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