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Major League Soccer suspends regular season for 30 days due to coronavirus


MLS: Montreal Impact at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Soccer games will be postponed for the next 30 days due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl was the first to report this news.

Read the full statement:

Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.

At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events.

“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season – based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”

The MLS announcement comes in the wake of the NBA suspending its season on Wednesday night. Prior to the suspension of the MLS season, two MLS matches scheduled for March 21 had already been postponed in Seattle and San Jose as measures are taken to contain COVID-19.

This means that FC Dallas’ weekend trip to the Big Apple to face New York City FC is now postponed. Now you can add at least the first two games in April (home on April 4 against LAFC and away to Portland on April 11) to the mix. Time will tell if the April 18 game will also be thrown in this mix or not.

The league will likely look to make up these games in October and push the regular season further into that month. Or we could see them add a bunch of midweek matches to everyone’s slate to help make up for it.

We will add more to this story as it unfolds.