Major League Soccer announced on Thursday the continuation of a moratorium on training for all teams, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The news is no surprise, considering the league had previously announced the season is postponed through June 8. While players will need to train for a time together before games were to commence, it still seems pretty unlikely the season will restart in June. Having said that, the states reopening in the coming weeks will provide a trial balloon for whether the rest of the country can safely reopen, or whether the coronavirus shutdown will drag on months longer.
For now, it’s also worth noting MLS has not committed to any specific plan for the 2020 season, although commissioner Don Garber recently said the league was exploring options like neutral venues to initially restart, games behind closed-doors, and possibly even do a tournament-style season. Of course, all of that depends on timing, first and foremost, and the league is officially on ice until at least June.
We’ll keep you posted on developments as we learn them.
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