In a bid to have players on international duty return in time for the MLS Cup playoffs, the league is taking the unusual step of using charter flights to speed their return to the U.S. and thus avoid quarantine periods, sources have told ESPN.

This move will allow these players to be fully available for the playoffs.

The MLS Cup playoffs are set to begin on Friday with a pair of play-in games, including the New England Revolution taking on the Montreal Impact and Nashville SC hosting Inter Miami CF (Watch live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET). That will be followed by the first round of the playoffs.