According to a report from Steven Goff of the Washington Post, the NWSL is set to return with a one month tournament this summer in Utah.
Looks as if this tournament is a go. Awaiting official word. League asked teams to submit travel rosters/essential personnel. Virus testing to begin as early as this week. Event in Utah would probably take place late June-late July at Rio Tinto Stadium and/or RSL academy.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) May 19, 2020
Per Goff’s report, the league could begin testing players for COVID-19 this week with a late June/early July start in mind. This news is not official from the league yet so we are still unsure exactly how this tournament would work and whether it would take the place of the season or be a warm-up, preseason type event.
The Dash began voluntary workouts on May 6 at Houston Sports Park and have been training individually ever since. The NWSL season was supposed to kick off for the Dash on April 25 but the season has been on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
UPDATE: Goff has now reported that the owners have approved the event in Utah which will be a tournament with three groups of three.
League owners have voted to approve the event, I'm told. Issues remain, however. Competition format: three groups of three. Eight of nine advance to quarterfinals. Single knockout matches.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) May 19, 2020