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MLS Roundup, June 9
Day 2 of full training for MLS clubs came and went without too much fanfare. The wait is still on for updates about the return to the 2020 season for the league, which will take place "soon" in Orlando.
The biggest news of the day was in Kansas City. Chilean central midfielder Felipe Gutierrez will miss the remainder of the 2020 season. Surgery to repair a cartilage defect in his knee will rule him out for seven to nine months. In 63 appearances since joining the team ahead of the 2018 season, Gutierrez has 19 goals and 9 assists. He led the team with 12 goals in 2019 and was expected to form a strong attacking duo with Alan Pulido this season.
The announcement was the second such bit of bad news in as many days. Bruce Arena told Boston radio on Monday that defensive midfielder Luis Caicedo would miss the season after surgery to repair meniscus in his right knee.
Kansas City, along with Atlanta and New England, completed their second day of full training since the MLS moratorium was lifted. They will be joined next by Miami, as the Herons announced today that their plans to return had been approved by the league office.
(photo courtesy of Atlanta United)