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DC United - Toronto FC postponed moments before game due to positive coronavirus test

For The Win logo For The Win 7/12/2020 Nate Scott
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D.C. United was slated to take on Toronto FC on Sunday morning in the MLS is Back Tournament, but the game was postponed just minutes before the scheduled 9 a.m. kickoff.

The cause for the postponement were COVID-19 tests from both teams, according to MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott, who spoke publicly on Sunday morning. One player on D.C. United tested positively, Abbott said, but not a “final positive,” suggesting the results haven’t been confirmed.

A Toronto player had an inconclusive test, according to Abbott.

In a phone call with FTW, Abbott said the game’s postponement was “an example of us using our protocols to make the right decision.”

When asked if this match, yet another postponement in the MLS is Back Tournament, was spurring any larger discussions about calling the tournament off completely, Abbott said:

“We are not having a conversation about postponing or canceling the tournament.”

When asked about reports that DC United had shown up at the stadium and Toronto FC had not, Abbott said it was simply a matter of the league informing Toronto about the postponement before they had departed for the stadium.

As to the reason the decision came to postpone the match on Sunday morning — as opposed to when the positive test came back Saturday night — Abbott says this was due to waiting on results of a “confirmatory retest.” As Toronto had been in Florida for fewer than six days, MLS safety protocols called for the team to get a second, confirmatory retest, according to Abbott. When those results did not get back on time on Sunday morning, they made the decision to postpone the match.

MLS issued a statement as well, clarifying that they will wait for results of re-tests prior to playing the match.

Half an hour before kickoff, TSN’s Kristian Jack, The Athletic’s Matt Pyzdrowski and ESPN’s Stefano Fusaro independently reported that the game was being postponed.


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