Go­ing back to work

Or­lando City en­joys 1st day of solo work­outs

Orlando Sentinel - - Sports Thursday - By Ju­lia Poe

Play­ers across MLS par­tic­i­pated in vol­un­tary in­di­vid­ual work­outs at their team fa­cil­i­ties on Wed­nes­day, step­ping foot on reg­u­la­tion pitches for the first time in 54 days.

Four teams

re­turned

to

train­ing on

Wed­nes­day — Or­lando City, In­ter Mi­ami CF, At­lanta United and Sport­ing Kansas City. More clubs such as Nashville SC are ex­pected to join this week un­der a new MLS rule that al­lows vol­un­tary in­di­vid­ual work­outs un­der strict safety pro­to­col.

“To­day was a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” Or­lando City cap­tain Nani said. “We are happy and very pleased to be back in our train­ing ground and be able to train, even if it’s in­di­vid­ual train­ing with some dis­tance be­tween the play­ers. It was fun and it’s al­ways nice to feel free again and touch the ball.”

The vis­ual of play­ers train­ing on their team fields stirred ex­cite­ment through­out the league, and some clubs fed that buzz by us­ing hash­tags such as #Soc­cerIsBack on so­cial me­dia.

But Nashville SC gen­eral man­ager Mike Ja­cobs em­pha­sized pa­tience as teams be­gin the long process of re­turn­ing to match play.

“It’s easy to kind of get drunk on the

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