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MLS, USL suspend play for COVID-19 concerns

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In a move echoing the latest developments across the world, in the U.S., and particularly in U.S. sporting efforts, Major League Soccer is suspending all play, as is USL.

That suspension of play is slated to currently last 30 days, though one shouldn’t be surprised if it ends up lasting a good deal longer.

From a Major League Soccer press release:

“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 (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”

From a USL press release:

“It was very clear from our owners that the health and safety of players, fans and staff was their top priority,” said USL CEO Alec Papadakis. “In consultation with local, state and national health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security, we have temporarily suspended match play for a minimum of 30 days.”

We’ll have more reaction on this as the day progresses, but for now, wash your hands, keep good social distance, and stay home if you’re sick, providing you’re able.