In the last 24 hours the sports landscape has changed in the United States with multiple leagues announcing postponements due to the COVID-19. Thursday afternoon the NCAA announced that that the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament would be held without fans in attendance, the NBA faced with concerns and uncertainties suspended the 2019-20 season Wednesday night until further notice as well.
Thursday morning, Major League Soccer followed suit announcing that the 2020 season would be suspended immediately due to the coronavirus.
The full statement from MLS is as follows:
“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.”
Click here for the statement from Philadelphia Union.