Atlanta United’s Fernando Meza said after the team arrived Saturday they were isolated in their rooms for 24 hours.
Atlanta United reported two positive cases, both were unnamed players, in the past two weeks. Both were originally asymptomatic, according to the team. One player returned to training after two negative tests and was scheduled to have traveled with the team, according to manager Frank de Boer. The other is supposed to join the team in Florida later.
“Given the circumstances, it’s what we expected,” Meza said. “I think people feel safe. It’s very well-controlled and very well-organized.”
There have been social-media posts, some anonymously and some on the record, of people in the bubble criticizing MLS for how it is handling this unprecedented situation.
Atlanta United’s Tyler Wolff said he thinks some of the complaints and reports are overblown.
“Overall, it’s pretty safe,” Wolff said. “There have been some cases going around. I think they’ve done a good job with the protocols. Mandatory masks and hand sanitizer everywhere.”
Meza said the highlight so far has been the training session, and likely will continue to be until the first game.
“It’s like a lion being let out of its cage because it’s the only time we can get outside and get fresh air,” he said.
Meza said the session, and the sessions that preceded it at the team’s training ground in Marietta, are going well.
“There are no excuses,” he said. “Every team is dealing with the same things.
Meza said the players haven’t discussed what’s happening with Dallas and Nashville too much.
“We hope those players recover well,” he said. “We know it’s a possibility.”