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MLS: Players returning from international duty could miss Play-offs

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the MLS has established certain rules for the players who return from international duty ahead of the beginning of the playoffs.

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MLS: Players returning from international duty could miss Play-offs

Back in October,  when players returned from international duty, Major League Soccer established that they had to remain quarantined for 14 days. It meant that many clubs had to play several games without their key players towards the end of the regular season.

New rules ahead of the playoffs

The play-offs begin on 20 November with New England Revolution hosting Montreal Impact at the Gullette stadium and the MLS has designed a new plan for the players returning from the November international break.

MLS, in accordance with its medical experts, has approved international players traveling back to their clubs via charter flights. After traveling in the controlled environment and regularly testing while on international duty, players can rejoin their MLS club team on US soil and avoid quarantining as long as they test negative for Covid-19

The players that travel during the November international break

  • Colorado Rapids: Diego Rubio (Chile)
  • LAFC: Brian Rodríguez, Diego Rossi (Uruguay), José Cifuentes and Diego Palacios (Ecuador)
  • Inter Miami: Rodolfo Pizarro (Mexico) and Alvas Powell (Jamaica)
  • Minnesota United: Robin Lod (Finland), Jan Gregus (Slovenia), Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone) and Romain Metanire (Madagascar)
  • Montreal Impact: Jukka Raitala (Finland) and Victor Wanyama (Kenya)
  • Nashville SC: Aníbal Godoy (Panama) and Randall Leal (Costa Rica)
  • New York City FC: Alexander Callens (Peru)
  • New York Red Bulls: Cristian Casseres Jr (Venezuela) Alejandro Romero Gamarra (Paraguay)
  • Orlando City: Pedro Gallese (Peru) and Sebastián Méndez (Ecuador)
  • Philadelphia Union: José Martínez (Venezuela), Olivier Mbaizo (Cameroon) and Jamiro Monteiro (Cape Verde)
  • Portland Timbers: Andy Polo (Peru) and Felipe Mora (Chile)
  • San Jose Earthquakes: Marcos López (Peru)
  • Seattle Sounders: Raúl Ruidíaz (Peru), Xavier Arréaga (Ecuador) and Gustav Svensson (Sweden)

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