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SKC captain says return of MLS matches will be 'long process'

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Posted at 5:51 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 06:51:15-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sporting Kansas City's captain sees a long road back to the pitch.

"It's going to be a gradual process," SKC captain and defender Matt Besler told the media via Zoom Wednesday afternoon. "I don't think we're going to open up individual training this week, and then like in two weeks we're going to be playing games. I think it's going to be a longer process than that."

Sporting was just one of four clubs that opened their training facilities May 6, the first day allowed by MLS.

Prior to initiating any individual player workouts, every team was required to submit a "club-specific plan that outlines how the team is implementing health and safety protocols."

"You need probably three weeks, at a minimum, maybe four weeks at a minimum, of full team training before you can start playing games," Besler continued.

The league-wide ban on full team training remains in place through Friday, May 15.

The socially distanced practices serve as the first league sanctioned activities since the season was suspended March 12.