Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced that, due to the current health crisis, it is ‘extremely unlikely’ that play will resume in time for the originally planned mid-May date.
Having halted all play on March 12 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak and extended the suspension of play on March 19 for an additional eight weeks, the MLS followed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and initially set a return date on May 10.
That said, and despite the current health crisis, the return date for the North American soccer competition also needs to be updated, with the MLS also recently extending the ban on all franchises to April 24.
The announcement by MLS read: “Major League Soccer continues to regularly evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how it will affect our plans for the 2020 season. Although we hoped to return to play in mid-May, that is extremely unlikely based on the guidance of federal and local public health authorities.
“Our goal remains to play as many games as possible, and while we currently have enough dates to play the entire season, we recognise at this time that it may become difficult to do so.
“We continue to learn more every day from the medical experts, and we expect to have additional details in the coming weeks regarding when we can return to play. As we have throughout this process, we will update our fans with every decision, and we thank them for their support and understanding during this extremely challenging time.”