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MLS extends team training moratorium through Friday


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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Major League Soccer continues to take precautions to ensure that its players are healthy whenever the league resumes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The league-wide team training moratorium has been extended until Friday, March 20th, the league announced on Sunday. The announcement comes hours before the first mandate was set to expire at the end of the day on Sunday.

On Thursday, the league announced a 30-day suspension.

MLS’ statement, which can be read in full here:

Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 20th. During this time, MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing measures.

MLS is working with public health authorities, in collaboration with the MLS clubs, the MLS Players Association, and in consultation with the other North American professional sports leagues to finalize a protocol that would permit players to access training facilities for rehab or individual training under safe conditions during the team training moratorium.

MLS remains 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 will provide further updates as they become available.

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