MLS suspends season amid coronavirus spread


Updated: 11:43 a.m.

The morning after the NBA suspended its season, Major League Soccer has done the same. 

The MLS on Thursday morning suspended its 2020 season for 30 days, the league announced. Their plan is to continue the season at a later date. 

The Philadelphia Union were scheduled to host their home opener against the San Jose Earthquakes at Subaru Park in Chester at 7:30 p.m. 

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On Wednesday, the Union released a statement saying: 

“Our medical staff is monitoring the situation closely and working in partnership with Major League Soccer, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and regional health authorities. We are in close communication with other sports organizations in the city, who are also monitoring the situation closely. If any necessary changes are needed, we will let our fans know as soon as possible and provide all the required information.”

The Union had been preparing for the home opener by increasing cleaning treatments, sanitizing high touchpoint areas, installing hand sanitizer stations and more. But now, the season is suspended. 

The Union played their first two matches on the road — a loss to FC Dallas on Feb. 29 and a draw with Los Angeles FC on March 8. 

The MLS on Wednesday began to postpone some matches based on location and released the following statement.