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USL extends suspension of 2 leagues, cancels League Two season


PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MARCH 07: Solomon Asante #20 of Phoenix Rising FC moves the ball upfield against Aedan Stanley #92 of Portland Timbers 2 at Casino Arizona Field on March 07, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Joe Hicks/Getty Images)

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The United Soccer League announced major changes to all four of its competitions on Thursday, including the cancelation of the League Two season.

The Championship and League One seasons have lengthened their season suspensions over the coronavirus pandemic, with the training moratorium moving to May 15. There is understandably no new target date for the restart of either seasons.

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The silver lining is that the USL says both leagues can complete their seasons in their entirety even with the further delays.

In addition, the USL’s Super Y League will not start on July 1 as planned, but could still play in full.

The League Two cancelation comes almost a month to the day after the National Premier Soccer League, the fellow “fourth-tier” outfit in the U.S. Soccer Pyramid, canceled its summer schedule.

The league said it will help facilitate competition for League Two clubs who wish to compete if it’s safe “during the summer and fall months.”

Given the delays into May and the number of clubs who are heavy on college players, it became increasingly problematic to consider a full season. All our best to clubs navigating a season without the game. Come back stronger.