Last Updated: 04/07/20 7:12pm
Vancouver Whitecaps’ opening match against FC Dallas at the MLS Is Back Tournament has been postponed following two inconclusive coronavirus tests.
Vancouver were originally scheduled to arrive in Orlando on July 1 ahead of their July 9 group stage match against Dallas, their opening fixture in the World Cup-style tournament which will be played in Disney World from July 8-August 11.
According to MLS, the subsequent test outcomes were confirmed to be negative and Vancouver will now depart for Orlando on Monday.
“The later match date will allow both teams additional training days in Orlando in advance of their first match,” the MLS statement said.
July 9, 2020, 1:15am
Earlier this week, Dallas confirmed that six of the players as a result of compete in the spectator-free tournament in Florida had tested positive for coronavirus.
Vancouver and Dallas were drawn into Group B, along with reigning MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes.
Each MLS team had played two of their 34 scheduled regular season games when action was suspended in mid-March because of the virus.