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MM 7.10: Maryland men’s soccer is well-represented in MLS is Back Tournament

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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The MLS is Back Tournament started earlier this week in Orlando, Florida, and several former Maryland men’s soccer standouts will be in action this Sunday.

Though several teams have already pulled out of the bubble format tournament because of multiple positive coronavirus tests in their organizations, play started with a whopping 14 Terps. Nine of those players will be competing in games this weekend, all on Sunday.

First up, Toronto FC will be taking on DC United at 9 a.m. on ESPN 2 in a matchup featuring six former Terps. Defender Omar Gonzalez, forward Tsubasa Endoh and forward Patrick Mullins will all suit up for Toronto. On the other side, defenders Donovan Pines and Chris Odoi-Atsem, as well as goalkeeper Chris Seitz will be playing for DC United.

Then at 8 p.m., Sporting Kansas City battles Minnesota United on ESPN. Defender Graham Zusi plays for Kansas City and defender Chase Gasper is on Minnesota.

Lastly,

Zac MacMath will be in goal for Real Salt Lake as the team plays the Colorado Rapids at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.

In other news

The Big Ten made a big announcement Thursday, canceling all non-conference games for fall sports.

Matt profiled top slot receiver DJ Turner Thursday for our Maryland football season preview series.

I’ll continue to make graphics for each player we do individual profiles on.

Maryland athletic director Damon Evans issued a statement on the Big Ten’s decision.

Maryland football posted a #TBT play from Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2006.

Catch up with Maryland running back Jake Funk.

The Maryland basketball programs are among some elite company.

Maryland men’s basketball posted its own #TBT with this play from Juan Dixon.

Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese continued to introduce the team’s new players.