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Major League Soccer extends team training moratorium


TORONTO, ON - MARCH 07: The official MLS Soccer game ball MLS NATIVO XXV rests on a stand before the MLS regular season match between Toronto FC and New York City FC on March 7, 2020, at BMO Field in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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With games off until June, it’s logical that Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium until at least May 15.

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MLS announced the extension Thursday night, saying it expects its players to stay in their respective markets pending special appeals.

It’s the fifth time MLS has extended its training moratorium since March 13. The league is currently talking with its players union about cutting salaries during the coronavirus pandemic.

The May 15 date would give the league a three-and-a-half week run up to their current match calendar, though that still seems so soon. Perhaps the Bundesliga’s possible May restart is giving MLS hope, though the Eredivisie’s long delay lends the opposite.


Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, May 15. MLS training facilities remain closed to all players and staff with the exception of players requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation, under the direction of the team medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of their residence.

While MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, MLS will continue to review individual requests by players to relocate to another market by car, taking into account the totality of a player’s situation.

MLS will remain in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on this continually evolving situation and provide further updates as they become available