Major League Soccer teams to return to play in home markets beginning Aug. 12

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Major League Soccer hasn’t even finished its tournament yet, but on Saturday commissioner Don Garber announced the teams will return to play in home markets. 

Each club will play 18 additional regular-season games, leading up to Decision Day — the MLS playoff cutoff — on Nov. 8. 

Fans will be permitted in markets where health regulations allow them. 

“We are confident in what protocols have been put into place. If it doesn’t work, we don’t go forward,” Garber said in a Zoom meeting.

“I don’t think life can stop. … I can’t tell you whether I believe they will be able to avoid (the coronavirus). I don’t think anybody can answer that question. The protocols we have in place and the experience our players have is going to put them into a position to understand what they need to do to do their best to avoid it.”

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