Trouble in the Bubble: MLS postpones DC United-Toronto FC match following positive test

Today’s MLS IS BACK Tournament Group C match between DC United and Toronto FC has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test.

According to reports, a DC United player tested positive, while a Toronto player’s test was inconclusive.

Major League Soccer postponed the match shortly before its 9 a.m. start time; the match is expected to be rescheduled.

Players and staff are tested for coronavirus the day before the match, as per the league’s health protocols. The league said Sunday morning that re-testing was necessary, due to the teams’ delayed arrivals in central Florida.

DC United is slated to play the Revolution (1-0-0, +1 in Group C) Thursday night, while Toronto plays Canadian rival Montreal (0-1-0, -1) on Wednesday night.

Sunday’s incident — the first match postponed due to COVID-19 since sports restarted around the world — is the latest in coronavirus-related snafus for MLS, whose return to play tournament began Wednesday evening.

Last Monday, the league withdrew FC Dallas from the competition after the Original Ten outfit had 11 positive tests, with 10 players testing positive. Three days later, Nashville SC was also withdrawn with nine positive tests.

Sporting Kansas City has also had a positive test. SKC are expected to play Minnesota United Sunday night.