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MLS announces season ‘extremely unlikely’ to return in mid-May

Plus yesterday, MLS commissioner Don Garber sat down with TSN’s Kristian Jack to provide more insight on the current situation.

SOCCER: OCT 06 MLS - Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC
Jozy Altidore (17) of Toronto FC reacts after missing a shot during the first half of the MLS regular season match between Toronto FC and Columbus Crew on October 6, 2019
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TORONTO, Canada—It has been 34 days since Major League Soccer (MLS) first announced that it would be postponing play for 30 days.

Eight days later, on Mar 19, fans received more disappointing news when the league was forced to further suspend action for eight weeks following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation of postponing events of 50 or more people.

Now today, MLS has released another statement which foreshadows more grim times on the horizon for fans eagerly awaiting the return of play.

“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,” the league released in a statement. “Our goal is to play as many games as possible, and while we currently have enough dates to play the entire season, we recognize at this time that it may become difficult to do so.”

With the dynamic nature of COVID-19, it’s difficult to predict when the MLS season will resume—and what exactly it will look like when it does.

On Monday, MLS commissioner Don Garber sat down with TSN’s Kristian Jack to try and provide some clarity.

Garber touches on a variety of topics in the interesting sit down with KJ, including the likely possibility of playing games without fans and having to play a tournament instead of a full season. What exactly that would look like remains in the early stages of discussions.

Throughout the chat, Garber was was adamant about following the guidelines of health officials, but consistent with the league’s statement, he did emphasize that the league’s overall discussions remained focused on getting back to play as soon as possible: it was very important to have champion crowned in 2020.

So for now, sit tight #TFCLive. We’re going through an unprecedented and challenging time, but here at WTR, we’ll continue to try and keep the discussion going. Stay safe everyone. We’re one day closer to the return of MLS action.