Major League Soccer has followed in the footsteps of the NBA and has officially decided to go forth with an MLS season suspension. The suspension will last 30 days and comes as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier, Toronto FC reportedly cancelled practices as they awaited the league's decision.
According to CP24, MLS Commissioner Don Garber released a statement that explains the reasoning behind their decision.
“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, Public Health Agency of Canada and other public health authorities,” explained Garber in the release.
Toronto FC had two more games in their schedule this month, but those have been suspended for the time being.
According to Global News, Toronto FC cancelled training on March 12 and sent their players home as they waited on word from MLS.
According to The Athletic, Jorge Mas, managing owner of Inter Miami told reporters that owners and the commissioner kept in close contact and made a decision as a whole.
“We’ve made a decision as a league, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily. The target on that is 30 days,” he said.
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TFC players were reportedly preparing to train at Toronto's BMO Field when the club sent them home.
This news comes shortly after the NBA had decided to temporarily suspend the 2019-2020 season. Various outlets report that a Utah Jazz player has tested positive for the virus.
Around the same time as the MLS announcement, the NHL stated that team practices, morning skates and team meetings are cancelled for the time being. The Toronto Maple Leafs are set to play on March 12, along with three other Canadian teams. There has been no word on an NHL season suspension as of yet.