Major League Soccer extends suspension of season over COVID-19

Posted at 10:22 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 11:22:17-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Major League Soccer will extend the suspension of its season under new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a statement Thursday, MLS said all of its matches will be postponed for the next eight weeks.

“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 statement said.

Other dates for the championship game also are being considered, the league said in the statement.

MLS is among many sports leagues that have suspended their seasons in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The league initially suspended play for 30 days on March 12, just two weeks into its 2020 season.

MLS is highest level of soccer in the United State in Canada. The league is made up of 26 teams, 23 in the U.S. and three in Canada.