THAT CHAMPIONSHIP FEELING: USL’s top tier to return July 11

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced Thursday that its board of governors voted on Thursday in favor of returning to play for the 2020 season, with a provisional start date set of July 11.

While additional information on competition format, scheduling, broadcast and other important details will be made available in the coming weeks, it is important to note that the league’s return to play will be conducted in strict alignment with all local and state public health guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

USL Championship officials is still remained in talks with the USL Players Association on all matters concerning player health and wellness protocols.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the USL Players Association said it was hopeful an agreement could be reach.

“While there has been no agreement reached regarding proposed economic relief or return to play protocols, we view today’s vote as a positive first step for the league in articulating what a season may look like,” a statement said. “Players remain hopeful for a continuation of the 2020 season. We will continue to work with all players to ensure that any potential return to play is done in a manner that is safe and responsible.”

“To USL supporters across the country, we are grateful for your support throughout this process and look forward to being back in action with you all soon,” the league said in a statement in a press release.