6.3 Return to PLay DL3

FC Dallas Statement on Return to Play

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez available today at 5PM CT 

Frisco, TX (June 3, 2020) - Major League Soccer and its Players Association agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday, June 3 which will run through 2025. This agreement includes a plan to resume the 2020 season with a tournament in Orlando, FL. Additional details regarding the tournament in Orlando will be released at a later date. 

The MLS season has been suspended since March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez will be available via Zoom to discuss return-to-play today at 5PM CT.

“We’re excited to have an agreement in place that clears a path for FC Dallas to get back to meaningful games. Sports can offer moments to celebrate, something we all need during these challenging times. We’re looking forward to giving our fans those moments as we focus on returning to competitive match play.”
-FC Dallas President Dan Hunt

“We’re all professional soccer players and we love playing the game. Now that this contract negotiation is done we can just focus on soccer again and that’s huge for all the guys.”
-FC Dallas goalkeeper and MLSPA representative Jimmy Maurer.

"It’s nice that we have some certainty and solidarity. We’ve agreed to terms with the league on pay cuts and what’s fair. At the end of the day, it was a good deal and a good agreement. I’m really eager and happy to get back out there. It has been a process but there is a light at the end of the tunnel." 
-FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal

"Having a plan in place, having that security and getting the opportunity to play in Orlando, I think it’s going to be great. Obviously getting the terms and negotiating with the league was extremely difficult. It created a lot of frustration, but ultimately at the end I’m just happy that it’s all done. I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for players to do what they love and for the league to grow. Ultimately excited, but again frustrated with how it happen. But I get that it’s a difficult time and tough for everyone. 
"It’s super important to get the crew back on the field. It’s been so isolated, so distant for so long that it’s been so tough. Finally having a sense a community is what ultimately makes us such a good team. These coming weeks will ultimately decide who’s the most prepared for Orlando because it’s going to be a difficult tournament and there will be a lot of games and there will be a lot of competition. It will be on who wants it the most and it’s going to be whoever is the biggest and strongest unit. I think FC Dallas has that locked down. Those group trainings are going to be so important to have get that sense of community back together."
-FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon