Major League Soccer coaches welcome the chance to use five substitutes when play resumes in Florida next month, out of concern for both the conditioning of the players and the demands of summer heat. The adoption of the rule and the expansion of game-day rosters are especially important given the relatively short preparation teams have had for the MLS Is Back Tournament, which starts July 8 at the sports complex at Walt Disney World. Teams were able to go to full training on June 4, provided local jurisdictions approved. But some teams in states or communities with more strict stay-at-home orders were already behind in returning to practice. ADVERTISEMENT Also a factor is the heat and humidity in the Orlando area, and the different start times in place — early morning and night games — to offset the weather’s impact. The heat, combined with limited training, can mean that players are more susceptible to injury. “I think you’re just going to have to, at times, be prepared to use a full complement of your roster,” Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said. “And especially depending on how your games are coming, because you may have a game at 8 o’clock… Read full this story
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