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New MLS statement says league will likely not resume in Mid-May

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Those dates in May don’t sound so promising anymore.

MLS: LA Galaxy at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The closer to inch towards the month of May, the less likely it seems like we’ll see FC Dallas return the field.

On March 19, MLS stated that it was extending its suspension for eight weeks, in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), setting a target return date of May 10. But the ongoing situation has now meant that date being revised.

The league released a new statement on Tuesday morning that paints a fairly rough picture of when play will actually resume for FC Dallas and the other 25 clubs.

Major League Soccer continues to regularly evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how it will affect our plans for the 2020 season. Although we hoped to return to play in mid-May, that is extremely unlikely based on the guidance of federal and local public health authorities. Our goal remains to play as many games as possible, and while we currently have enough dates to play the entire season, we recognize at this time that it may become difficult to do so. We continue to learn more every day from the medical experts, and we expect to have additional details in the coming weeks regarding when we can return to play. As we have throughout this process, we will update our fans with every decision, and we thank them for their support and understanding during this extremely challenging time.

The last target date for returning to play was early May, which now seems like it is going to get thrown out the window with the way MLS Commissioner Don Garber was speaking yesterday with ESPN’s Taylor Twellman.

So does this mean June or July? Time will certainly tell but it does not look promising that we’ll see soccer before the start of summer.