- The Washington Times
Thursday, May 28, 2020

As Northern Virginia catches up to the rest of the state and moves into Phase 1 of reopening Friday, D.C. United will head there to resume individual workouts.

The Major League Soccer club will begin practicing at Segra Field in Leesburg, Virginia, home of its USL affiliate Loudoun United FC, on Friday after more than two months away from the soccer pitch.


Previously, MLS had allowed players to begin using outdoor team training facilities for individual workouts starting May 6. D.C. United, though, had to wait for the go-ahead from local authorities.

Among the long list of safety protocols United mentioned in a press release: “There will be no equipment sharing or playing (passing, shooting, etc.) between players.”

Other measures include disinfection of equipment players use between sessions, staggered player and staff arrivals, use of PPE when walking between the parking lot and the field and a 10-foot social distance between staff and players.

The team added it is working with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office regarding when it can resume practicing at either Audi Field or the RFK Stadium training field in the District.

MLS was a mere two weeks into its 2020 season when the coronavirus pandemic forced sports to shut down.


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