Or­lando City B will play 2020 sea­son

Orlando Sentinel - - Sports Weekend - By Ju­lia Poe Email Ju­lia Poe at jpoe@or­lan­dosen­tinel.com.

The United Soc­cer League an­nounced the League One sea­son will kick off July 18, end­ing a three­month de­lay in play for Or­lando City B.

The league has yet to an­nounce the for­mat for play or a sched­ule for up­com­ing games.

Other soc­cer leagues in the U.S. have used a sin­gle­site World Cup style tour­na­ment for­mat. The Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League will start its sea­son with the Chal­lenge Cup in Utah at the end of June while Ma­jor League Soc­cer is ex­pected to of­fi­cially an­nounce de­tails about a sim­i­lar tour­na­ment hosted in Or­lando in July.

Ahead of re­sum­ing play, the USL an­nounced it will set health and well­ness pro­to­cols for each club. The league is also cur­rently work­ing on op­tions for clubs lo­cated in mar­kets where train­ing and play­ing would go against lo­cal health guide­lines.

Be­fore the on­set of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, Or­lando City B was set to be­gin its sea­son on March 28 on the road against New Eng­land.

The team had an­nounced a 24-player ros­ter ahead of the sea­son, which in­cluded only one player — Austin Amer — from the team’s four-win 2019 sea­son. Fif­teen of the play­ers named to the 2020 ros­ter are prod­ucts of the Or­lando City acad­emy pro­gram, ei­ther earn­ing pro­mo­tions di­rectly from the acad­emy or re­turn­ing to the club af­ter col­lege.

League One op­er­ates as the se­cond-tier league in USL. The first-tier league, USL Cham­pi­onship, will kick off its sea­son July 11 us­ing an for­mat that has not yet been an­nounced.

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