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MLS suspends season for 30 days amid coronavirus outbreak

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MLS suspends season for 30 days amid coronavirus outbreak

UPDATE (11:45 a.m. ET): Major League Soccer has announced it has suspended match play for 30 days, effective Thursday.

MLS and the New England Revolution released the following statements regarding suspended play:

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Major League Soccer reportedly isn't taking any chances.

MLS is suspending its season Thursday until further notice due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reports.

MLS will become the second North American professional sports league to suspend operations after the NBA did so Wednesday night.

The spread of coronavirus -- which was declared a global pandemic Wednesday -- already has shut down Spain's La Liga, while a player in Italy's Serie A recently tested positive for the virus.

After President Donald Trump instituted a 30-day travel ban for those coming from Europe to the United States on Wednesday night, it seemed unlikely MLS would continue operations as usual, considering several European players are on MLS rosters and scouts regularly travel to Europe to seek out new talent.

The New England Revolution were two games into their regular season after losing to the Impact 2-1 in Montreal on Feb. 29 and drawing 1-1 with the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium last Saturday.

Their next game was scheduled for Sunday, March 15, against the Portland Timbers at home.

Taylor Twellman: MLS 'missing window of opportunity' amid lockout talks

Taylor Twellman: MLS 'missing window of opportunity' amid lockout talks

Major League Soccer is on the verge of a lockout.

If the league and the MLS Players Association can't come to terms on a deal concerning economic concessions for the 2020 season before 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, ESPN's Herculez Gomez reports a lockout will be initiated. 

Former New England Revolution star Taylor Twellman joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger & Mazz on Monday to discuss the current situation in MLS and why he believes the league is missing a golden opportunity to return to action.

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"72 hours. Friday night, I got word that the players voted 'yes' and they were going to be the first league to kick off July 3. Literally, Sunday night at midnight my phone turns into 'the owners are thinking about locking out.'

"You are completely missing the window of opportunity. And I understand that it's not in the top three or four sports in this country, but it's on the precipice of being there with the younger generations. You are 100 percent missing the opportunity, and they can't get out of their own way.

"And by the way, in a global pandemic? If you're going to argue about future pay or play? You lose the paying customer. No one has time for that."

At a time in which fans are craving sports -- any sports, really -- now certainly would be the time for MLS to capitalize on the opportunity to gain new followers and grow the sport. Instead, as Twellman emphasizes, it looks like they may be heading in the opposite direction.

MLS play has been suspended since March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Revolution president Brian Bilello releases statement on practice facilities reopening

Revolution president Brian Bilello releases statement on practice facilities reopening

On Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Boston sports teams can reopen practice facilities on June 6 with safety precautions.

"We've had positive conversations with our professional sports teams, the Celtics, the Bruins, the Patriots, the Red Sox and the Revolution," Baker said. "This (executive) order also will allow professional sports teams to begin practicing at their facilities in compliance with the health and safety rules the leagues are developing. Facilities are still closed to the public at this time.

"I know we still aren't at the point where we'll have our pro sports teams back playing anything yet, the leagues are obviously working hard to host games again. I think we all hope, that at some point, opening practice facilities will help make that happen a little sooner."

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Although there's still some work to be done before sports return to normalcy, it's a major step in the right direction.

Revolution president Brian Bilello released the following statement in response to Baker's announcement:

The governor’s announcement today is an important step towards our goal of returning to competitive play this season and we appreciate his office’s efforts to get our players back on the field. It means our players will have the opportunity to build their fitness in a controlled, safe environment under MLS protocols and the guidance of the team’s medical staff.

The Revs' state-of-the-art Training Center is located behind Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

New England only was able to play two games before the 2020 MLS season was suspended in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, going 0-1-1.