MLS players are ready to return to team facilities to train

NY: Major League Soccer Players will return to the team's training facilities for individual outdoor training starting Wednesday in areas where governments have facilitated coronavirus pandemic precautions to allow such practices.

Voluntary sessions are a small first step toward resuming play for the 26-team North American league, which closed on March 12 after two weeks of regular-season games.

MLS It has banned full team training until May 15, with no more than four players at a time on a field during solo practice and no passing between players.

Even if it is individual and we are not training with each other, I think we are all eager to return to the field and train in some way with the ball. Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Michael Nelson he said in a post on the team's website.

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I think everyone is really excited about that. Hopefully it will be the first step to a bigger opening too.

Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan said he looks forward to returning to the complex for training, noting players will need time to restore match fitness before MLS games can resume.

I'm hearing that we'll probably have about three weeks to a month to prepare for the season, Roldan said in an MLS website post. I think that's fair. We understand it takes a lot to get your body back into a 90-minute rhythm.

MLS guidelines for the workouts include temperature checks for players on arrival, hand washing and disinfectant stations and designated parking spots to maximize distancing.

I think it will be something on the ball, allowing players to put in a few touches, Real Salt Lake general manager Elliot Fall said.

But at the end of the day, players can't play balls with each other, so they will have to be things they can do on their own.

Even solo practice sessions will help players by returning to familiar settings.

I think there is a real benefit for players to return to the facility in any capacity, because I think, like all of us, we are all looking for a certain level of normality and life to return to an appearance of what our reality used to be, he said. Fall.

Nelson said his quarantine training plans were ordered by Dynamo coaches and staff.

His main concern is staying in shape and staying on top of injury prevention so that when we get back we can start running, Nelson said.