Major League Soccer has become the first professional sports league in the U.S. that has allowed its players to return to its outdoor training fields and participate in individual workouts, following compliance with detailed health and safety protocols that were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts.
Wednesday morning, players from Atlanta United, Sporting Kansas City, Inter Miami and Orlando City participated in voluntary individual workouts. Houston Dynamo will begin its individual workouts Thursday morning.
For Atlanta, several players participated in the voluntary workout, including Pity Martinez and Jeff Larentowicz.
“In my case I had been training very well at home, but to be back on the field and see my teammates is very gratifying and I think it’s good for us mentally. We hope this passes soon because here in the United States it is a complicated topic,” Martinez said through an interpreter.
According to MLS rules, the fields are divided in quadrants and the players must stay in their designated area. The players are only allowed to use the training fields and cannot access the locker rooms, team gyms and training rooms inside the facility.
At the moment, full team training is not allowed until at least Friday, May 15.
“I feel like we’ve been put in a pretty safe environment, so it’s safe for us to come and play the way we are for now. It’s good to get out of the house for a bit,” Larentowicz said in quotes provided by the club.