Galaxy returns to full training after hiatus due to coronavirus shutdown

For the first time since March, the Galaxy participated in a full team training session on Monday.

The 2020 MLS season has been shut down since March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, MLS announced a plan to restart the season with all 26 teams participating in a World Cup-style tournament, MLS is Back, in Orlando, Florida.

“It has been a long time, as we all know,” Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget told LAGalaxy.com. “It has been three months … it is nice to be with all of the guys, connect with everyone. It was a beautiful day and a really good group session and we’re just happy to be back.”

MLS has been on a long path to return to full training. In May, teams were cleared for individual training, but with the necessary social distancing procedures. Toward the end of the May, teams were then cleared for small group training.

Even though teams are back to full training, the necessary protocols are still in place: players must complete a physical examination and all players and staff must complete two PCR tests, 24 hours and 72 hours before the start of training.

If a player tests positive for COVID-19, the individual will be isolated and tested again, at least 24 hours later.

Teams are scheduled to begin arriving in Florida, June 24, with the tournament slated to begin July 8.

“Now we know we have the tournament in Orlando and everyone is focused on when we play the first game,” Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said. “Everyone knows we have to be ready next month to start.

“It is very important to keep training like today (Monday) and be ready for the tournament. That’s what we want, play, training hard and keep working together as a group.”

The Galaxy was drawn into Group F, along with LAFC, Houston and Portland. Group stage games will count in toward the regular season standings.

Times and dates for all three of their group stage games will be released at a later date.

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