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Bubble boys: Sporting KC adjusts to life, soccer in Orlando

Club announces 1 player has tested positive
SKC in Orlando
Posted at 3:48 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 17:51:11-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sporting Kansas City is finally back in a routine.

After nearly four months off since MLS suspended the season in March, Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said he’s pleased with his team’s ability to adapt to their new normal, telling the media Friday that the squad has remained flexible since arriving in Orlando for the MLS is Back Tournament.

“You spend a lot of time in your room,” Vermes said. “Everybody is kind of in there most of the day other than when you go out for practice.”

The team, which announced later Friday that one unidentified player has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been placed in isolation, opens tournament play Sunday vs. Minnesota United, its first match since March 7.

“When I got here I definitely had questions about how things would be run,” Sporting KC captain Matt Besler said. “It's a lot more organized than I thought it would be. In terms of training times and the meals and the testing, all of that I’ve been impressed with.”

The squad said most of their workouts are scheduled for 8 a.m. Eastern Time, which will help adjust to the early kickoff times as long as they can beat the early-morning thunderstorms.