CARSON (CNS) - The Los Angeles Galaxy resumed full-team training today at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson after having their plan approved by Major League Soccer, the club's medical staff and a local infectious disease expert in compliance with state and local policies.
MLS lifted its team training moratorium earlier this month, clearing the way for its clubs to return to full team training for the first time since play was suspended on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To participate in full-team training, players must complete a physical examination, and all players and staff must complete two polymerase chain reaction tests 24 hours apart, 72 hours prior to the start of training, and undergo one baseline antibody test.
Players will be cleared to train by their medical staff only after they have successfully completed their interim physical, completed two negative PCR tests and the serology test.
Players, coaches and select staff must complete PCR tests every other day and only those with negative results will be allowed to attend training. Serology testing will be performed once every three months.
If a player or staff member tests positive, the individual will be isolated. The isolated individual will be tested again at least 24 hours later to ensure the result was not a false positive. All close contacts will be tested immediately.
A player or staff member that tests positive for COVID-19 may return to training only when cleared by the club's chief medical officer in consultation with the league medical team.
Any player or staff considered to be in a high-risk category for severe illness related to COVID-19 will not be permitted to participate in team training unless cleared by the club's chief medical officer.
The Galaxy will be required to report to Orlando, Florida at least seven days before their first match in the MLS is Back Tournament, which begins July 8 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort without fans in attendance.
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