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Report: MLS considering re-starting season behind closed doors in Orlando

Games would be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, where players and staff would be quarantined in hotels

SOCCER: MAR 07 MLS - New England Revolution v Chicago Fire
Fabian Herbers
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They’re going... to Disney World?

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has talked about playing games behind closed doors in order to re-start the 2020 season, and now we have an idea of what that might look like.

Washington Post reporter Steven Goff broke the news last night that the league is considering having all 26 teams come to Orlando, where teams would practice and play at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex, a 220 acre, Disney-owned complex.

All players, coaches and support staff—which would be more than 1,000 people—would be quarantined in hotels at the complex, where they’d be tested regularly for COVID-19.

Goff reports that ESPN would broadcast multiple games a day. It’s unclear whether the league’s other broadcast partners, Fox Sports and Univision, would be a part of this plan.

Several teams have begun voluntary individual workouts at team facilities, but the Chicago Fire are still not among them because of Illinois’ stay-at-home order, which runs through the end of May. The league’s ban on full team training lifts May 15.