With the news official, MLS will be back in July with a restart tournament in Orlando, the LA Galaxy are in training to prepare for the resumption of the 2020 MLS season following the coronavirus shutdown.
The winner of the 26-team tournament will only have to play seven games, and Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham was eager to see his side grab the trophy.
“I think everyone’s excited to be back playing soccer,” Bingham said at training in response to the restart plan. “I think it’s been a long hiatus for us and we’re champing at the bit to get back on the field. We hope you enjoy the games and we’re hoping to go to Orlando and win the tournament and bring a trophy home.”
Midfielder Jonathan dos Santos knows this is a key test for his side, but he’s eager to jump in and isn’t worried about the risks involved with coronavirus still present in society.
“It’s an important step for the players, for the club, to be able to compete again and to show who the Galaxy is,” dos Santos said in Spanish. “It’s going to be a tournament we’re playing that’s the first of its kind in league history but obviously if the league is doing it, it’s because we will be taken care of on the health and safety front. There won’t be any problems, testing will be done days before every game. Personally I feel safe going. I feel like the club and league will do everything so that we are ok and we return home safely.”
Bingham indicated the process may be a bit bewildering in Orlando, but if he gets to play, he’ll deal with it.
“Orlando’s definitely something new to us as players and definitely new to the league as a whole. I think the safety measures make the tournament very detail-oriented. The game times are at different times and we’re getting tested so many times a week. So it’s going to be an interesting process but at the end of the day we get to play games and that’s what we want to do.
“We can’t wait to get out there.”
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