Major League Soccer plans to start is 2021 season in early March, even with the uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

League president and deputy commissione Mark Abbott announced to the media MLS’ intentions Friday.

“Based on the crowded international calendar next year, we are targeting to start our season in early March as usual,” he said. “The restrictions on our ability to have fans in our stadiums this year contributed to very significant financial losses. Like all leagues, we are concerned about those restrictions continuing for a second year and are continually evaluating how to manage through the impact of the pandemic in 2021.”

Early March has become the traditional start date for the MLS season. This past season kicked off Feb. 29 before being suspended two weeks in due to COVID-19.