Soccer

Soccer

Major League Soccer announced Thursday morning that match play has been suspended for at least the next 30 days due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

The San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday postponed their upcoming home match vs. Sporting Kansas City at Earthquakes Stadium that was scheduled for March 21. The Earthquakes released the following statement Wednesday. 

"We're very supportive of the mandate by the County's Public Health Department," said Earthquakes Chief Operating Officer Jared Shawlee. "We'd like to thank all of our community partners, including the City of San Jose and the County of Santa Clara, for their assistance and we would also like to thank our fans, players and staff for their patience and understanding throughout this unprecedented time. We will continue to work with local agencies and league officials and provide updates as available.
 
"The postponement was prompted by the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department's mandate barring gatherings of 1,000 or more people through the end of March due to COVID-19 concerns.
 
"All tickets already purchased for March 21 will remain valid for the rescheduled date. Season ticket holders should contact their respective Account Services Representative with any questions."

MLS is following in the footsteps of the NBA, which suspended its season for the foreseeable future Wednesday night when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. Gobert's teammate, Donovan Mitchell, tested positive for the virus Thursday morning. 

 

The Earthquakes only have played two games this year. The MLS began its 2020 season on Feb. 29.