MLS is back … in a Covid-19 hotspot with terrible food

The league resumes with a month-long tournament but there is disquiet about playing in a state where coronavirus is surging. And then there are the sandwiches ...

Omar Gonzalez probably expected a little more from a summer trip to Walt Disney World than a soggy-looking sandwich and a banana in a box. No Dole Whips or Mickey Mouse lollipops in sight, and there was certainly no evidence of the “house roasted prime New York strip loin” the Toronto FC defender’s $65 lunch had been billed as on the menu.

Yummm... #MLSisBack

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FROM THE BUBBLE: “Remember: we’re real people. We can be replaced on the soccer field, but we can’t be replaced in our real lives. It’s easy to say “you’re safe” when you’re already eyeing up the next sub. Our friends and families don’t have that same luxury.”

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Mayweather and Beckham’s Inter Miami applied for Covid-19 relief loans

  • Data shows thousand in sports world applied for government aid
  • Money was used to help support organizations during shutdown

Ice Cube, Floyd Mayweather and David Beckham’s Inter Miami led a cavalcade of sports leagues, federations, businesses and teams that navigated a federal loan program designed to help small firms cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Data released on Monday showed hundreds of thousands of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients across a wide range of industries, and sports-related businesses were well represented. However, the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball were not among the businesses that applied, according to the data.

Related: David Beckham hopes MLS can challenge European leagues in next 10 years

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MLS players left bemused as $65 meals turn out to be a sandwich and banana

  • Players are preparing for tournament at Disney World
  • Comparisons made between MLS and Fyre Festival

It appears that it’s not only teams that are overvalued in MLS.

Nutrition is crucial for players, so it made sense that the league wanted to make sure its athletes got the best food as they prepare for the MLS Is Back Tournament in Florida, which starts next week.

Yummm... #MLSisBack

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NBA All-Star Kevin Durant buys 5% stake in MLS’s Philadelphia Union

  • 2014 NBA MVP says he has always been a soccer fan
  • Nets star will also develop charity programs in Pennsylvania

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has joined the ownership group of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.

Durant, a 10-time NBA All-Star and former league MVP, has a 5% ownership stake, with an option for 5% more in the near future, the Union announced on Monday.

Related: The soccer v football debate still lingers on in MLS

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Major League Soccer to restart season with Disney World tournament on 8 July

  • MLS to resume at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex
  • All 26 clubs to vie for 2021 Concacaf Champions League spot
  • Group-stage results to count in regular-season standings

The league’s 26 teams will be divided into six groups for the opening round of the tournament played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World.

Teams had played just two games to start the season when the league suspended play on 12 March because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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