Major League Soccer Saturday announced an update to the MLS club preseason report dates.
With the MLS regular season kicking off the weekend of Saturday, April 17, MLS players will report March 1 for a seven-day quarantine period, medical exams and COVID-19 testing prior to the start of team training March 8.
The new preseason report date allows for six weeks of training before Major League Soccer’s 26th season kicks off the weekend of April 17.
Players can begin their seven-day quarantine period prior to March 1 on a voluntary basis. In such case, players can conduct individual training during the quarantine period, or may engage in group training following the seven-day quarantine period provided that each player has conducted medical exams and testing. Technical staffs and coaches cannot be present during group trainings prior to March 1.
Concacaf Champions League Round of 16
Four MLS teams already have qualified for the 2021 Concacaf Champions League Round of 16, set to kick off April 6-7:
Atlanta United, Columbus Crew SC, Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers.
The four competing teams can require players report on Feb. 24 to begin the required seven-day quarantine, with a team training start date of March 3. On a voluntary basis, players can begin their quarantine period prior to Feb. 24. In such case, players can conduct individual training during the quarantine period and may engage in group training prior to March 3 provided that each player in the group training has conducted medical exams and testing.
Technical staffs and coaches for Atlanta, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Portland may not be present during group trainings prior to Feb. 24.
Canadian Championship final
In preparation for the Canadian Championship Final, Toronto FC has been permitted to open training camp Feb. 17, provided that all players participating in team training have conducted a seven-day quarantine period, medical exams, and testing. Importantly, players and staff returning to Canada are required to quarantine for 14 days upon entry into the country in compliance with Health Canada guidelines.
MLS will announce additional details of the 2021 MLS regular season schedule in the coming weeks.