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Major League Soccer to follow CDC’s recommendations, pushes suspension of season into May

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MLS is following what the USL did a day ago.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

What is another month, huh? Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that they will follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for large public gatherings to be extended into May. Because of that, the regular season will now resume at the earliest on May 10.

Here is the full comment from MLS:

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time. MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations.

For FC Dallas, that means we’ll see five more games postponed, including one more home game on May 2 against the Chicago Fire.

The other four games on the schedule were road games in Portland, Minnesota, Colorado and the club’s first meeting with Nashville SC.

This goes along with the other three games that were already postponed including road games at New York City FC and Seattle and a home game against LAFC.

Should play actually resume in May, the first game will be a big one too as FC Dallas will host Texas Derby rivals Houston on May 16.