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DC United-Toronto FC match postponed due to Covid tests

The MLS Is Back Tournament has had several hitches in its attempts to get the season restarted.

A general view of Orlando City Stadium during the soccer match between the visiting Columbus Crew and the Orlando City Lions on October 21, 2018, at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, FL. Photo by Joe Petro/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Major League Soccer is attempting to restart its 2020 season with the MLS Is Back Tournament, and things are not going well. On Sunday morning, the league had to postpone the DC United-Toronto FC match scheduled for 9 a.m. ET. There were issues with Covid-19 testing that required the game be pushed back.

Under the league’s health and safety protocols, clubs are tested the day before each match. The results of yesterday’s tests for D.C. United and Toronto FC produced an initial unconfirmed positive COVID-19 case for one player and an inconclusive test for another player. Because of the arrival time of the clubs in Orlando, the league’s protocol called for retesting both teams this morning and to await the results of those tests prior to playing the match.

The league said it will announce a new time later on Sunday, but it’s just the latest in a series of problems. Yahoo! Sports writer Harry Bushnell noted that of nine scheduled games thus far, three have gone off on time, two have been canceled, one has been postponed twice, two have been delayed by weather, and one happened at an adjusted time.

The tournament has two more matches scheduled for Sunday evening. Sporting Kansas City will face Minnesota United FC at 8 p.m. and Real Salt Lake will face the Colorado Rapids at 10:30 p.m. Both matches are slated to air on ESPN.