Major League Soccer announces dates for preseason training camps

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Major League Soccer announced the dates for the opening of training camp, with players on most teams reporting on March 1.

The first week will consist of a quarantine period that will include medical exams and testing for COVID-19. The first day of full training for most teams will be on March 8. That date will allow for a six-week training camp prior to the start of the regular season on April 17.

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A handful of teams will start earlier because of their involvement in national or continental competitions. Toronto FC's involvement in the Canadian Championship final on April 6 against Forge FC means players will report on Feb. 17 and begin full practice on Feb. 24. If Toronto prevails, it will advance to the knockout stages of the CONCACAF Champions League.

The four teams who have already qualified for the CCL -- Atlanta United, the Columbus Crew, the Philadelphia Union and the Portland Timbers -- will have players arrive on Feb. 24 and begin full practices on March 3.

The league added that players may begin their quarantine period prior to Feb. 24 on a voluntary basis. In such case, players may conduct individual training during the quarantine period and may engage in group training prior to March 3 provided that each player in the group training has conducted medical exams and testing.

Technical staffs and coaches for Atlanta, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Portland may not be present during group training prior to Feb. 24.

The full regular season schedule will be announced at a later date.