Just last week, Los Angeles Football Club were stuck in individual ballwork training sessions only at the LAFC Performance Center, but change has come, and quickly, with the LA Times’ Kevin Baxter reporting Monday the club has been cleared to participate in full-team training. An LAFC spokesperson confirmed that information to Angels on Parade on Monday.
MLS cleared teams to begin full-team training sessions last week, pending local approval in teams’ markets. LAFC did not have that approval — as of last Monday, only three teams had it. But the LA Galaxy were cleared on Monday to hold full-team training sessions, and LAFC, being in some overlapping jurisdictions, have also obtained local permission to also get the whole gang together.
Teams will have to be tested for coronavirus every other day for the duration of this period, and through the MLS is Back Tournament, scheduled to take place July 8-Aug. 11 in Orlando. LAFC are guaranteed to play three competitive games games while in Florida, with the possibility of more if they advance to the knockout stage.
At the same time, we do not appear to be out of the woods regarding coronavirus in general, with both California and Florida showing increases in infection rates this week. It’s certainly no guarantee LAFC will train uninterrupted, or that there won’t be an outbreak on the team, and there’s no guarantee the MLS is Back Tournament will return as expected. Hopefully we can see it happen, but we’re still in uncharted territory and we’ll see how it unfolds. For now, LAFC can get back out there as a team and Bob Bradley can put them through their paces to get ready for Orlando.
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