Following the lead of other professional sports leagues around the country and globe, Major League Soccer has made the decision to suspend play while they further evaluate the situation, the league announced on Thursday.
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.”
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— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 12, 2020
Previously, it had been announced that Real Salt Lake’s match at Columbus Crew would be played without fans in attendance.
Real Salt Lake’s affected schedule is as follows:
March 14 at Columbus Crew
March 21 vs New England Revolution
March 28 at Sporting Kansas City
April 4 at Vancouver Whitecaps
April 11 vs Colorado Rapids