RBNY Returns to Individual Training

The state of New Jersey has approved of the return to business for professional athletes, clearing the way for the New York Red Bulls to return to training. According to the team, there will be a return to individual, voluntary player workouts starting today at the team’s training facility in East Hanover.

Major League Soccer began allowing teams to return to training on May 1st. However, that had to coincide with local guidelines being followed and, at the time, New York and New Jersey were still under orders that kept this from happening. Executive Order 148 has changed that, and the team can resume their duties in hopes of returning to the season at some point in the summer.

In a proactive step, New York Red Bulls had already developed a plan to ensure player and staff safety. These measures include restricting access to only essential personnel, disinfecting all training equipment after use and staggering player and staff arrival to the facility. The full list of measures can be read on the team’s website.

This represents a major step forward for the New York Red Bulls as, until now, they could only follow certain workout regiments given to them while staying at home. Now, the team can begin to set targets that move towards a potential return to the field. For MLS it is also a sign of progress as two of the teams in the most populous market can take their necessary steps towards returning to match fitness.

There is still no agreement from the league and players on what a return to play will look like. Several rumors of a tournament in Orlando have been floated but neither the league nor the players have formally acknowledged that there is progress on that idea coming to fruition.

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