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San Jose Earthquakes training camp to get fully underway March 8

Phased plan will be used in pandemic era.

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MLS announced Saturday the schedule for the opening of preseason training camps in 2021, with most teams set to get fully going on March 8.

For teams that are not participating in outside competitions to begin the year, like the San Jose Earthquakes, individual players can opt to report for camp early, between now and March 1, and undergo the routine annual medical screenings as well as the mandatory seven-day quarantine period for coronavirus. Once they clear those, they can participate in individual training or small group training sessions with other cleared players. During this time, coaches and other team staff cannot participate in the trainings.

All players must report no later than March 1, to go through the screenings and quarantine, and then full camp, with the coaches leading the way and all, will begin March 8.

With the start of the MLS season slated for April 17, teams will therefore have just under six weeks of full work together as a team.

Obviously we’ll be watching to see what happens for the Earthquakes between now and the full start of preseason, and once it’s underway we’ll keep you posted on news that emerges. Won’t be too long now!

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