November 25th, 2020

Toronto FC receives permission to train back home ahead of the MLS playoffs

By The Canadian Press on November 11, 2020.

TORONTO – Rather than return to Hartford, Toronto FC remained home Wednesday thanks to a relaxation of the rules regarding training during the pandemic.

“Major League Soccer has received approval for a modified work-quarantine that permits in-market training under strict testing and safety protocols,” the league said in a statement.

It did not provide further details.

Toronto shifted its base to Hartford in late September, playing “home games” in Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field due to pandemic-related travel restrictions.

When time permitted, the travelling party has returned to Toronto to spend time with loved ones under quarantine. In past weeks, that has not involved training — and players and staff have returned to Hartford after two days at home.

Toronto starts its playoff run Nov. 24 in East Hartford, where it will face one of the winners from the Eastern Conference play-in games.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 11, 2020

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