NYCFC Begins Voluntary Workouts

By Rich Mancuso/ Sports Editor

A few days after New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the go ahead for New York sports teams to open practice facilities, the New York City Football Club opened their facilities to players for voluntary workouts.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, professional sports leagues have been shutdown and that included the MLS. NYCFC was scheduled to open their portion of the MLS season in March with two home games at Yankee Stadium.

Though, prior to the shutdown of sports, in early March, NYCFC played three matches in an international tournament including one at their rival Red Bulls arena in Harrison New Jersey.

Various players returned to their respective homes around the country. NYCFC has an international roster of players and many also traveled to various destinations around the world.

There has been no word as to particulars when the MLS season would commence play for the 2020 season. Like all sports leagues, games would be played without fans in attendance as part of the safety protocols that have been outlined and should be observed by the CDC and World Health Organization.

Major League Baseball players and owners are going back and forth on proposals to begin their season. Tuesday, the NHL announced a plan to resume play in July at venues to be determined and contests to decide a Stanley Cup champion.

NBA teams have resumed individual practices at their facilities and developing a plan to resume their season and playoff format. They would also follow health and safety protocols with a projected start date to be determined.

In the meantime, individual players began their voluntary workouts at the NYCFC practice facility up in Orangeburg New York. Coaches were not present, social distancing, and sanitizing were evident.

Credit: NYCFC

Credit: NYCFC

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