- Harambee Stars Skipper Victor Wanyama is set for action as the Major League Soccer (MLS) returns from July 8 in Orlando, Florida after months of a shutdown to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the USA.
Don Garber, MLS Commissioner confirms on Wednesday that the league has elaborate plans on how the action will resume in a safe environment amid Covid-19.
He added that the tournament will use extensive medical protocols and a comprehensive coronavirus testing plan developed by infectious disease experts.
“The opportunity to have all 26 clubs in a controlled environment enables us to help protect the health of our players, coaches, and staff as we return to play,” Garber said.
He also pointed out that stakeholders are committed to fighting racism in the wake of the recent death of George Floyd and the protests that have followed worldwide.
“We also recognize that the death of George Floyd and others has focused our country on issues of racial injustice, inequality, and violence against black men and women,” he said.
“Together with our owners, players, and staff, the League and its Clubs are deeply committed to creating meaningful and impactful programs to address these issues that have plagued our society for far too long,” Garber noted.
All 54 matches will air on MLS partner networks. Broadcasts will feature experimental technologies, including interactive fan elements and unprecedented access to players and coaches, to create a unique experience for viewers.
The outline fixture plan will see all 26 MLS clubs participating; all matches in Orlando.
The resumption will start with the Group stage then followed by knockout rounds that will count toward regular season from July 8, 2020. From July 25-28 the Round of 16 will be played, with Quarterfinals scheduled for July 30-August 1.
The Semifinals are set August 5-6 while Finals will be on August 11. The Winner earns 2021 Concacaf Champions League spot.
To ensure satisfaction, Pre-tournament draw to assign groups are organized, and later regular season continues after the tournament.
Stars captain Wanyama, who won the Premier League Goal of the Month for February 2018 following a stunning strike against Liverpool, signed for MLS side Montreal Impact in March following a free transfer with English club Tottenham Hotspur.
He signed a three-year contract with the club.