Reports: MLS proposes June 1 return for a league-wide tournament in Orlando — Press Telegram

Major League Soccer could be back in action as soon as the end of June with a tournament in Orlando involving all of its 26 teams, according to multiple reports Wednesday. The league’s proposed competition, which would need to be approved by the MLS Players Association, would have players and coaches assemble at ESPN’s Wide…

Reports: MLS proposes June 1 return for a league-wide tournament in Orlando — Press Telegram

Major League Soccer could be back in action as soon as the end of June with a tournament in Orlando involving all of its 26 teams, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

The league’s proposed competition, which would need to be approved by the MLS Players Association, would have players and coaches assemble at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex for 3-4 weeks of training on June 1. Then a series of matches would be help without fans and take place at the Orlando complex.

The LAFC and the Galaxy, are among a few teams — including Earthquakes in Northern California — that have yet to be cleared to hold workouts because of stringent shelter-in-place orders in their area due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESPN reported obstacles will need to be overcome for the plan to come to fruition, most notably with testing. Players, coaches and support staff would all need to regularly tested. The league’s plan would prohibit family members from traveling with teams.

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In addition, the players association and the league are currently involved in sensitive negotiations over salary cuts. Owners have asked that all players agree to a 20 percent salary reduction, among other concessions.

There hasn’t been an indication yet whether the tournament games would count toward the regular season standings or not. The tournament winner’s prize could be a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League, according to ESPN.

The league’s proposed tournament would have teams divided into groups, followed by five games in group play. Then a knockout stage will follow, that would include consolation games so all teams played the same amount of games.

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