The San Jose Earthquakes are scheduled to arrive in Orlando later today, making the Quakes the first team to enter the league’s quarantine bubble for the upcoming MLS is Back Tournament. The Chicago Fire are still holding full team training in Bridgeview, and will wait a bit longer to travel to Florida. Head Coach Raphael Wicky has said he wants to get most of the major work done in Bridgeview before leaving.
If you feel like you need a refresher course on all the new Chicago Fire players, a lot of them are in the video from today's training--Stojanović, Berić, Giménez, and Aliseda, who scores a pretty goal at the end. #cffc #cf97 pic.twitter.com/V4xEvYVhWH— Patrick McCraney (@patrickmccraney) June 23, 2020
“The big training work will not be in Orlando,” Wicky said. “Maybe in that first week when you arrive we will have two or three good sessions, but after that it’s mostly recovery.”
With no media allowed at practice, the Fire continue to send out soundbites with players. Goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm stepped in front of the camera after Tuesday’s session.
Kenneth Kronholm after training today: "I had a very good feeling during the pandemic, because all of us were working so hard. We had great communication. We stood together as a team. That gives me a very good feeling for the future." #cffc #cf97 pic.twitter.com/0gASltTiQC— Patrick McCraney (@patrickmccraney) June 23, 2020
We’re now two weeks until the MLS is Back Tournament kicks off in Orlando, and the league has yet to release a schedule or broadcast details. Will it be today? UPDATE: It’s out.
Red Stars heading to Utah Today
The Chicago Red Stars travel to Utah today for the NWSL Challenge Cup. The Red Stars take on the Washington Spirit Saturday at 9 p.m. The team is sending its entire first team roster, except for Alyssa Mautz, who is now out indefinitely with another knee injury.
Like MLS, the NWSL will require its players and staff live in quarantine while the tournament is going on. In case you missed it, Hot Time talked to Michele Vasconcelos about the special accommodations the league is making for mothers, so they can have their kids with them.