Virus-stricken Dal­las out of MLS tour­ney

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FC Dal­las with­drew Mon­day from the MLS is Back tour­na­ment this month in Or­lando, Florida, af­ter 10 play­ers tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus.

MLS said that of the 557 play­ers se­questered at two ho­tels at Walt Dis­ney World, 13 have tested pos­i­tive: 10 from Dal­las, two from Nashville and one from Colum­bus.

The de­ci­sion was made in the in­ter­est of the other play­ers at the tour­na­ment. The num­ber of pos­i­tive cases also meant Dal­las couldn’t play com­pet­i­tive games.

‘‘The de­ci­sion to have them not par­tic­i­pate in the tour­na­ment is in the best in­ter­ests of every­one, of the Dal­las play­ers and the other 25 teams, and al­lows us to con­tinue to man­age the health and safety of our play­ers while con­tin­u­ing to go for­ward with our plan,’’ MLS com­mis­sioner Don Gar­ber said.

FC Dal­las an­nounced last week that six play­ers had tested pos­i­tive upon ar­rival in Florida for the tour­na­ment. As a re­sult, the team’s open­ing match Thurs­day against Van­cou­ver was post­poned.

◆ In an­other blow to the MLS’ re­turn tour­na­ment, reign­ing most valu­able player Car­los Vela said he won’t ac­com­pany Los An­ge­les FC to Or­lando, cit­ing his con­cern for the health of his fam­ily, in­clud­ing his preg­nant wife.

‘‘It is in the best in­ter­est of the health of my fam­ily to stay home and be with my wife dur­ing what is a risky preg­nancy,’’ Vela said in a state­ment. ‘‘I will miss be­ing with my team­mates and coaches, but I will be cheer­ing and sup­port­ing LAFC from a dis­tance.’’

LAFC gen­eral man­ager John Thor­ring­ton said Vela ex­pects to re­join the team when it re­turns from the tour­na­ment.

Two Fever play­ers test pos­i­tive

Two play­ers on the Indiana Fever were among the seven pos­i­tive tests for the coro­n­avirus across the WNBA, the team said.

All 137 WNBA play­ers were tested in the last week as the teams pre­pare for the up­com­ing sea­son, which is ex­pected to start around July 24 at the IMG Acad­emy in Braden­ton, Florida.

In other WNBA news, the league said play­ers will wear uni­forms for the open­ing weekend of the sea­son fea­tur­ing the name of Bre­onna Tay­lor, who was shot eight times by po­lice in Louisville, Kentucky, in a drug raid on her apart­ment March 13. No drugs were found.

No fans at Me­mo­rial af­ter all

The PGA Tour scrapped plans to have lim­ited spec­ta­tors next week at the Me­mo­rial in Dublin, Ohio, be­cause of the chang­ing dy­nam­ics of the COVID-19 pan­demic.

The Me­mo­rial was in line to be the first tour­na­ment with spec­ta­tors since the PGA Tour re­sumed its sched­ule June 11.

AP

Reign­ing MVP Car­los Vela (left) won’t ac­com­pany Los An­ge­les FC to MLS’ re­turn tour­na­ment in Or­lando, Fla.

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