FC Dallas Sent Home from MLS is Back Tournament

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez in 2019. Photo by Maria Lysaker/CSM/Shutterstock (10228396n)

FC Dallas, which was scheduled to join the rest of the Major League Soccer’s teams in a summer extravaganza featuring teams playing a sort of World Cup-style tournament to determine the league champion, will not take part after all.

Dallas released a statement on Monday stating that they would not be taking part in the proceedings after a litany of positive COVID-19 tests affected its team.

The club has had 10n first-team players and one coach test positive for the coronavirus only a couple of days before it was set to play its first group stage match in the tournament.

Major League Soccer suggested that the team abstain from playing, and the club decided that such a move was for the best.

FC Dallas, which was meant to be one of the four teams in Group B of the tournament in Orlando, Florida, will instead vacate its spot in the competition and leave the other three teams in its group to possibly advance to the knockout stage.

The historic club, which was considered to be one of a number of teams that could have potentially competed for the tournament crowd, will instead have to watch from home as it looks to get healthy and ready for next season.