However, instead of the full regular season schedule, this season is shortened to a 30-day tournament called the NWSL 2020 Challenge Cup, which will start on Saturday, June 27.
The NWSL Challenge Cup was announced in May to mark the return of playing for all nine league clubs. The 25 match tournament will be played in Herriman, Utahm without fans. It was concluded on July 26.
The Orlando Pride of the National Soccer Soccer League announced on Monday in a statement that the team would withdraw from the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup because of the positive Covid-19 test.
In a separate statement, the NWSL revealed that six players and four staff members from Pride tested positive for the corona virus.
“This is clearly a difficult and disappointing result for our players, our staff and fans, but this is a decision made to protect the health of all involved in the Challenge Cup,” EVP Amanda Duffy Orlando Pride said in a statement. .
“While we are all pleased to see Pride 2020 on the field this weekend, our priority now is to ensure our players and staff recover safely and provide whatever support wherever and whenever possible.”
Players and staff members will be isolated for at least 14 days. Those who are in close contact with positive team members have been notified and are being monitored for symptoms.