By Michael Lewis
Has 2020 the National Premier Soccer League season been canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?
It appears it has been.
According to a reliable source, the league Wednesday pulled the plug on this season.
If so, the NPSL became the first national American soccer league to cancel a season due to the outbreak.
No other details were available.
An official announcement is expected on Thursday, a source said.
The NPSL is a coast-to-coast amateur league that houses almost 100 teams.
On March 12, the NPSL suspended play in its West Region for the remainder of the month due to the Coronavirus outbreak.The league had hoped to resume on April 4.
Most of the rest of the league has been slated to kick off in May. The regular season runs through July, followed by the playoffs and then a championship game in early August.
“The situation is fluid, and the league is monitoring the situation daily,” a league statement said on March 12. “The NPSL will revisit the length of the suspension a week prior to April 4. We will communicate any change in status of the 2020 season.”
The Cosmos and Brooklyn Italians most recently competed in the league with the former losing to Miami FC in the championship game last August.