Major League Soccer could soon see a return. According to reports, MLS is proposing a return plan that would resume the season in a matter of weeks. The proposal would take all 26 of the league’s teams to the Orlando, Florida area where all games would be played.
According to Steven Goff of the Washington Post, games would be held without fans.
For the players, they would be quarantined at a nearby resort — potentially the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility at Disney — while the games would be held at the Disney sports complex.
Currently, the league is on hold until at least June 8.
Florida has been home to the only live sports action we have seen during the coronavirus pandemic with multiple UFC and WWE events.
The coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation or postponing of many large events including The Masters, NCAA Tournament, Coachella, SXSW, the Winter X Games, Stagecoach, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and more. The NBA, NHL, and MLS have temporarily suspended their seasons.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 80,500 deaths in the United States and more than 1 million confirmed cases — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.