Nashville SC has withdrawn from the MLS is Back Tournament in Florida after nine players tested positive for the coronavirus, Major League Soccer announced Thursday.
Five positive tests for Nashville SC were announced Tuesday, leading to the expansion team's first match at the event, scheduled for Wednesday night, being postponed.
Nashville is the second team to withdraw from the tournament. FC Dallas had to pull out Monday after 10 players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19.
"Due to the number of positive tests, the club has been unable to train since arriving in Orlando and would not be able to play matches," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a released statement. "For every decision we make in our return to play, the well-being of our players, staff, officials and all participants is our top priority."
The league is revising its schedule to reflect Nashville's withdrawal, first reported by The Athletic. The 24 teams playing in the tournament are divided into six groups of four teams for the group stage.
The World Cup-style tournament is being played at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. Teams are sequestered in two resorts and subject to rigorous virus testing.
The group stage of the tournament, which opened Wednesday night with Orlando City's 2-1 victory over Inter Miami CF, runs 16 consecutive days. The results of the preliminary round count toward the regular season.