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Major Link Soccer: MLS posts no new COVID-19 positive test in recent screenings

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Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come in one of the hardest hit areas in the United States.

A health worker collecting samples for Covid-19 rapid... Photo by Manish Rajput/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Not a ton of news today but things are finally looking better for MLS players that are being tested for COVID-19.

MLS/USL

A total of 1,124 individuals – the 24 participating clubs, referees, league staff and other members of the MLS delegation at the host hotel – were tested for COVID-19 during the period from July 14-15. Zero individuals from this group were newly confirmed positive for COVID-19. Major League Soccer announces COVID-19 testing update

Most Atlanta United supporters are probably still trying to process what they witnessed on Thursday morning during one of the most brutal losses in the club’s history: the 1-0 defeat to FC Cincinnati that has the Five Stripes on the verge of elimination. Atlanta United, Frank de Boer need to change things quickly after second MLS is Back Tournament defeat

Group play appears to be dividing teams into haves and have-nots. With 16 of the 36 group matches played, only one team below the top two in a group has more than a single point so far. MLS is Back Tournament FiveThirtyEight projections: Which team will win it all in Orlando?

Major League Soccer says it is “excited” by the response of fans and the wider sports industry to a virtual Adidas logo that appears prominently during. MLS “excited” by response to virtual Adidas logo during MLS Is Back Tournament | SportBusiness

In an email to academy families, Manny Lagos said the Loons will “compete immediately” in MLS’ new developmental system. Lagos Email: Minnesota United planning academy looks likely to return - E Pluribus Loonum

Philadelphia Union majority owner Jay Sugarman and Kevin Durant’s business manager Rick Kleiman tell SportBusiness why Brooklyn Nets forward’s invested in MLS team. How Kevin Durant and Philadelphia Union both stand to benefit from NBA player’s minority stake | SportBusiness

San Antonio FC and the USL Championship have confirmed the match between SAFC and Rio Grande Valley FC has been officially postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date after a positive COVID-19 test from a covered person of the RGV FC organization. San Antonio FC's July 17 Match Versus RGV FC Postponed - Project Spurs Network

NWSL/WoSo

Among the players most affected by the NWSL’s one-month competition in lieu of a full season, are those who have hardly been seen at all thus far in the Challenge Cup. For NWSL players recovering from injury, 2020 is a different kind of challenge – Equalizer Soccer