TORONTO, Ont.—Due to the growing concerns around the dynamic nature of COVID-19, Major League Soccer is set to follow in the NBA’s footsteps, suspending their 2020 season for 30 days, effective immediately.
Major League Soccer Suspends Season for 30 Days pic.twitter.com/FLUqzttwrK— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) March 12, 2020
“Our clubs were united in the decision to temporarily suspend out 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 Comissioner Don Garber in a statement released on Thursday.
On Thursday morning, prior to the league’s announcement, Toronto FC were scheduled to hold a training session. After media members and players all arrived at the field, the team decided to cancel training.
MLS then announced the pause on their league, and Toronto FC then released this statement:
Toronto FC Official Club Statement on Suspension of MLS Season pic.twitter.com/yuqQtQusLa— Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) March 12, 2020
Toronto FC were set to play at home on Saturday afternoon against Nashville SC; that match will no longer take place at this time. If all goes to plan, the league-wide suspension will be lifted prior to their home affair vs. the New York RedBulls.
As of now, it’s unclear how teams are handling ticket reimbursements. We’ll keep you up to date on this rapidly evolving situation as we learn more.