Nashville SC Won’t Participate in MLS is Back After COVID-19 Positives

Nashville celebrates after Zimmerman (center) scores during an MLS match between Atlanta United and Nashville SC in February. Photo by Kevin Langley/CSM/Shutterstock (10571293ae)

Nashville SC, one of the MLS teams which were set to participate in the summer MLS is Back Tournament, got the news that they will not be able to take part in the competition after the team experienced a rash of positive COVID-19 tests in its roster.

Nashville becomes the second team in the league to have to pull out of the competition, which will kick off in Orlando, Florida later this week. FC Dallas also abandoned the competition this week due to a large number of positive tests.

Tennessee has been one of the US states to recently undergo a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, and it seems as if the disease’s effects hit particularly hard in Nashville SC’s roster. Reports have stated that nine of the team’s first-team players have tested positive.

Nashville CEO Ian Eyre said in a statement, “In what has been a challenging year, and in an uncharted environment created by the Tornado that devastated our city and COVID-19, this is another big disappointing outcome for Nashville SC and its supporters.”

Nashville, an expansion team this season, will finish the 2020 campaign with only two games played in what has been an unprecedented and difficult season for the new club.