Citing the lack of crowds at games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supporters’ Shield Foundation Saturday announced that it has decided not to award the Supporters’ Shield for the 2020 Major League Soccer season.

“This is not an easy decision to make,” the organization said on several social media platforms. “With the inability for supporters to be in attend and fill their stadiums with passion, however, we feel as thought the current climate goes against the spirit of the Shield.”

The Supporters’ Shield is awarded annually to the MLS team that accrues the most points during the regular season.

Entertaining Sunday’s games, Toronto FC (11-2-5, 38 points) leads all 26 teams, followed by the Philadelphia Union (10-3-5, 35) in the Eastern Conference.

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