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USL extends suspension of Championship, delays start of League One

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 26: Junior Flemmings #7 of Phoenix Rising FC looks to drive the ball past Sean McFarlane #17 of Austin Bold FC and Xavier Baez #8 of Austin Bold FC during the USL conference quarterfinals match between Austin Bold FC and Phoenix Rising FC at Casino Arizona Field on October 26, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Joe Hicks/Getty Images)

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The United Soccer League is prolonging its season suspension of the USL Championship and delaying the start of USL League One.

The Championship was originally suspended for 30 days in the wake of the coronavirus. That’s been extended through May 10, while the third-tier League One was set to begin March 27.

Wednesday’s move signals a shift that could reverberate in American soccer, as it explicitly cites the Center for Disease Control’s weekend recommendation not to gather in groups of more than 50 for eight weeks.

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League One postpones seven match days, while the Championship stands to miss out on nine total match days.

From a USL Championship press release:

We will continue to monitor ongoing events, receive guidance from local, state and national health authorities, and participate in a national task force comprised of other professional sports leagues and organizations from around the country.

The USL announcing a move like this independent of Major League Soccer is interesting, especially as numerous national and regional leagues eye their summer calendars in suspense.

The CDC guidelines may loom large, and the USL has set a precedent in wisely following them.

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