Coronavirus pandemic: MLS temporarily suspended, to shut down for 30 days according to league commissioner's statement

Statement from MLS: Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season — based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada and other public health authorities.

The Associated Press March 12, 2020 21:51:28 IST
Coronavirus pandemic: MLS temporarily suspended, to shut down for 30 days according to league commissioner's statement
  • Major League Soccer is shutting down for 30 days because of the coronavirus, delaying the home opener for the expansion team

  • Inter Miami, co-owned by Beckham and Jorge Mas, had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday.

  • Mas says he expects the full 34-match season to be played.

Fort Lauderdale: Major League Soccer is shutting down for 30 days because of the coronavirus, delaying the home opener for the expansion team co-owned by former England captain David Beckham.

Coronavirus pandemic MLS temporarily suspended to shut down for 30 days according to league commissioners statement

Century Link Field, where MLS Soccer's Seattle Sounders and the XFL's Seattle Dragons play home games. AP

“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season — based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada and other public health authorities," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement Thursday.

Inter Miami, co-owned by Beckham and Jorge Mas, had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday. MLS started its season on 29 February and each of the 26 teams has played two league matches.

Mas told players and coaches late Thursday morning, then held a news conference at the team’s temporary stadium.

Mas says he expects the full 34-match season to be played.

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