Major League Soccer announced Thursday that they were suspending its season for a minimum of 30 days amid the coronavirus outbreak spreading around the world. The decision came as the United States are trying to contain the virus and limit it spreading to more people through large gatherings, such as sporting events.
“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season — based on the advice and guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement released Thursday morning.
The NBA has already canceled the remainder of its season after multiple players tested positive for the virus. The NHL also paused its season on Thursday, as well. The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament was scheduled to be played behind closed doors before it too announced they were cancelling the tournament completely.
The MLS is not the only soccer league in the world pursuing this route of containment. Italy’s Serie A announced they are suspending play until at least April 3rd, while Spain’s La Liga and France’s top two tiers will be playing its games behind closed doors.
By Nicholas Sbordone