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The Loons are set to return to action in the MLS is Back tournament following a four-month pandemic layoff.
A Sporting Kansas City player has tested positive for COVID-19 two days before it opens "MLS is Back" tournament play against Minnesota United.
Isolated Loons find rules tolerable, solitude less so.
The MLS played its first match in 122 days, without fans. Orlando City won 2-1.
The team captain was held out because of a slight hamstring injury with four days until the Orlando opener.
The veteran defender is with the team in Orlando preparing for MLS' return to play.
Like both basketball leagues that will resume their seasons later this month, MLS will do so with life and competition played out under a protective "bubble" day and night in Florida. The action starts Wednesday.
Because of Florida's summer heat, the league has modified its substitution rules to allow each team five instead of three and has expanded its game-day rosters by five players to 23.
Without Opara available, veteran defender Jose Aja likely will move into the center-back spot for Group D's three games of pool play in Orlando.
Minnesota United emphasized defense during two training sessions at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex before concentrating on its team shape leading into Sunday's scrimmage against Columbus.