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First Nashville SC match in MLS is Back Tournament postponed after five players test positive for coronavirus

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Dax McCarty, Dave Romney, Joe Willis, Hany Mukhtar, Dominique Badji are posing for a picture: Mar 8, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; The starting eleven for the Nashville SC pose for a photo before a game against Portland Timbers at Providence Park. © Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports Mar 8, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; The starting eleven for the Nashville SC pose for a photo before a game against Portland Timbers at Providence Park.

Nashville SC's match Wednesday against Chicago Fire FC on the opening night of the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando has been postponed.

Major League Soccer confirmed Tuesday that five of Nashville's players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Two cases were confirmed Sunday, and three more were confirmed Monday evening. Nashville SC confirmed to The Tennessean on Tuesday all players are asymptomatic and have been relocated to the "isolation wing" of the Swan and Dolphin Resort on the campus of Walt Disney World, where MLS clubs are stationed for the tournament.

Nashville SC said it would not make an additional comment following the league's statement.

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MLS also confirmed Tuesday that four additional Nashville players are awaiting test results. Those players, like the rest of the club, are quarantining in their hotel rooms. 

The club's total delegation inside the Orlando bubble is 45 members – club staff, coaches and players. 

One of the confirmed Nashville players was fullback Brayan Beckeles. The 34-year-old told Diario Deportivo Diez, an outlet in his native Honduras, on Monday evening he was just made aware that he tested positive for the coronavirus. According to the outlet, Beckeles said he received a text including the news and that it was his third test result. The first result was positive, and his second result was negative.

When The Tennessean requested a comment Tuesday on Beckeles and the four additional players who tested positive, the club cited HIPAA rules for not disclosing their identities or commenting on their health or the other four awaiting test results.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule is a national standard put in place to protect one's individual medical records or personal health information, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

a man wearing a black shirt: Brayan Beckeles © USA TODAY Sports Brayan Beckeles

As of Tuesday, Nashville remained a participant in the MLS is Back Tournament. However, MLS on Monday was forced to withdraw FC Dallas after the club confirmed 10 players contracted the coronavirus. One coach also tested positive – all since arriving in the bubble. 

"Given the impact of the number of positive tests on the club’s ability to train and play competitive matches, we have made the decision to withdraw FC Dallas from the MLS is Back Tournament,” Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement Monday. “The health of everyone involved in our return to play has always been our top priority, and we will continue to make decisions consistent with that priority."

Since arriving in the bubble, Columbus Crew SC has had one player test positive for the coronavirus and has been isolated. With Dallas, Columbus and Nashville combined, 16 players have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Orlando bubble as of Tuesday.

Nashville has not conducted any physical team activities since its last training session June 30 because of a player who reportedly tested positive prior to leaving for Orlando. That forced the club to cancel its Wednesday travel plans. Because of delayed test results, Nashville was not able to travel to Orlando until Friday afternoon.

Wednesday's match would have marked four months since Nashville faced the Portland Timbers, its last match before the coronavirus pandemic suspended MLS action. 

Neither Nashville nor MLS has commented on a new date for the postponed match against Chicago. Nashville is scheduled to play the Philadelphia Union at 7 p.m. CDT July 14.

For stories about Nashville SC or Soccer in Tennessee, contact Drake Hills at DHills@gannett.com. Follow Drake on Twitter at @LiveLifeDrake.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: First Nashville SC match in MLS is Back Tournament postponed after five players test positive for coronavirus

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