It's been a long road filled with at-home workouts, individual training sessions and Zoom calls before having to withdraw from the MLS is Back Tournament after each suffered a number of positive COVID-19 tests. A day after the tournament wrapped, Dallas and Nashville get to usher MLS into the next phase of their season, playing the league's first matches in home stadiums since LAFC and the Philadelphia Union played to a 3-3 draw at Banc of California Stadium on March 8.
Both clubs had big aspirations for 2020, as FC Dallas reloaded and were fixated on taking the next step forward under Luchi Gonzalez and Nashville were eager to make their mark over their inaugural season. Both had encouraging starts, with Dallas beating the Union and Nashville christening their inaugural MLS match with just under 60,000 fans at Nissan Stadium, as well as leading the league in expected goals against over the first two games.
They (finally) get to resume their season and continue chasing their goals. Here's where each club stands heading into their return tonight (8:30 pm ET | MLS Live on ESPN+ in US, DAZN in Canada):
Projected XI vs. Dallas