By Michael Lewis
Major League Soccer Thursday extended its suspension of league play through the beginning of May due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and could move MLS Cup to December.
The league has a target return date of May 10.
“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,” the league said in a statement.
MLS also has considering several options, which includes moving the back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December.
“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. “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.”
Both area MLS franchises commented on the MLS statement.
“We are in full support of Major League Soccer’s decision to further postpone the season,” the Red Bulls said in a statement.” We continue to work closely with MLS, United Soccer League, state and local officials, and health authorities to ensure we remain on the best course of action for fans, players, staff, and our general community.
We are following the recommendations to stay home and limit social interactions and urge our community to join us in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
In a statement, New York City FC said: “Please note that MLS still intends—and has a path forward—to play a full 34 game season in 2020. Any, and all, further updates regarding 2020 NYCFC tickets and postponed matches will be communicated as soon as possible.”