SoccerSam Fantauzzo: “It’s going to be a challenge. The season’s over. Let’s move on.” (Photo courtesy of the Lancers)
By Michael Lewis
It’s time to move on, says SoccerSam Fantauzzo.
It’s time to start planning for the 2020-21 Major Arena Soccer League season.
“I think the season’s over,” he said on the Soccer Is a Kick in the Grass Radio show. “I think some guys would like to continue but it’s not going to continue. The Mexican teams, the COVID is getting even worse in Mexico right now. The travel would be impossible and a lot of players that play on other teams that could be in the playoffs that are stuck in their countries.
“It’s going to be a challenge. The season’s over. Let’s move on.”
Fantauzzo said an owners’ conference call was scheduled for Tuesday to discuss its immediate past and future.
He added that he believed the next season would probably start in January, “a little later than normal.”
“It’s going to be a challenging time,” Fantauzzo said. “We don’t know if we’re going to have fans in the stands. We don’t know what’s going to happen. And obviously travel. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Mexican teams are out of the league next year because of travel. So, I think a lot is going to change with COVID.”
The COVID-19 pandemic stopped the MASL from finishing its regular season and holding its annual spring playoffs.
The league had hoped to unveil a postseason plan in June, but announced on June 3 that it was no longer considered a holding a playoff.
According to a June 3 press release, the league, after much consideration and effort to plan a safe event involving all playoff eligible teams, found the logistics difficult. The potential risk outweighed any potential positive outcomes, the league said. The decision was made after communication with teams and players.
“After consideration of health and safety standards and the logistics required, it was determined that proceeding forward was not in the best interest of the MASL,” commissioner Joshua Schaub said in a statement at the time.
The Western Division champion Monterrey Flash (20-2) had the best record in the 17-team league, with the Florida Tropics, the Eastern Division champs, not too far behind at 18-3.
It was not known whether the league will declare a champion on the strength of its regular-season record or go without one this year.
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