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MLS Tournament Plan Like Being in a 'Luxurious Prison', Says Alejandro Bedoya

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIMay 21, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30:  Alejandro Bedoya #11 of Philadelphia Union looks on during the MLS match at Banc of California Stadium on June 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles FC defeated the Philadelphia Union 4-1.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Major League Soccer reportedly has a plan in place for training to resume at Orlando's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with a tournament involving the league's 26 clubs to follow roughly one month later, ESPN's Jeff Carlisle relayed May 13.  

"Sources told ESPN that one proposed format for the tournament would see the league's teams divided into groups, with each team playing around five games during the group stage," Carlisle added. "This would be followed by a knockout stage, with 'consolation games' staged to make sure each team played the same number of matches."

The proposal needs to be approved by the MLS Players Association, and Philadelphia Union attacker Alejandro Bedoya is not in favor of it:

Taylor Twellman @TaylorTwellman

“This all feels a little bit rushed, I think. We all need to be partners in this. Being isolated at a hotel in Orlando would be like a “luxurious prison.” @AleBedoya17 on #BanterTT https://t.co/AMGJGqA60d https://t.co/c9S8pAOdFi

Bedoya isn't the only player with concerns:

Sam Stejskal @samstejskal

MLS's proposed tournament in Orlando sounds cool and all, but the players have to agree for it to actually happen. They've got some major concerns. New piece with their perspective, new details on the proposed tourney and on MLS pay cut talks: https://t.co/UbUfmPCD0J

MLS suspended its 2020 season on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the hiatus was initially intended to last 30 days:

MLS Communications @MLS_PR

Major League Soccer Suspends Season for 30 Days https://t.co/FLUqzttwrK

An update was provided April 17:

MLS Communications @MLS_PR

MLS Statement on April 17, 2020 https://t.co/8uS1STz0gX

Clubs were permitted to return to their respective outdoor training facilities for voluntary individual workouts on May 6. However, small group and team training remain suspended through June 1.

The league announced the cancellation of the 2020 MLS All-Star Game, Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup on Tuesday.

Bedoya's Union were 0-1-1 when the season was halted.