First the NBA, and now Major League Soccer.
MLS announced on Thursday that the league would be suspending its season due to fears surrounding the Coronavirus
The suspension will last at least 30 days.
Major League Soccer Suspends Season for 30 Days pic.twitter.com/P0HEPmsnkx— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 12, 2020
The full statement from the league:
Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.
At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events.
“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season – based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”
Prior to the announcement two MLS matches had already been postponed: A match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City, and one between the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas. Both matches were to take place on March 21st in San Jose and Seattle respectively.
Locally, the Portland Timbers had five matches scheduled over the next 30 days, two of which were to be played at Providence. Park.
While the Seattle Sounders had four matches scheduled, with only one to be played at home.
There is no word yet as to how the league plans to make up these missed dates.
We will update will more information as it comes in.