The spread of coronavirus led to the NBA to postpone their season on Wednesday night after a player tested positive for the virus, and on Thursday MLS followed suit, announcing the league will suspend play for 30 days to help combat the spread of coronavirus and assess next options.
Major League Soccer Suspends Season for 30 Days pic.twitter.com/P0HEPmsnkx— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 12, 2020
Initial reports Thursday morning came from SI’s Grant Wahl, quickly corroborated by staff of The Athletic.
Los Angeles Football Club are off in league play this weekend, but their next three MLS games come in the 30-day window: March 22 against the Portland Timbers at home, April 4 at FC Dallas, and April 11 at the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Update: The Concacaf Champions League is suspended indefinitely, with confirmation LAFC’s game on Thursday against Cruz Azul is postponed and will not be played.
As of this moment, the more pressing concern for LAFC is whether their Concacaf Champions League game scheduled for Thursday at Banc of California Stadium against Cruz Azul will go on. Since that competition is not run by MLS it does not automatically fit under the 30-day moratorium, but rumors emerged around the same time the league suspended play that the game is also canceled. Again, this has yet to be confirmed by Concacaf or LAFC:
LAFC vs. Cruz Azul will be postponed and not played tonight, reports @Leonlec.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) March 12, 2020
The first real incident of the coronavirus situation affecting Mexican football. #cclfever #MLS #ligamxeng https://t.co/358YbIU3jN
We’ll obviously keep you posted on developments related to tonight’s game as they arise. In the meantime, what do you think? Let’s chat in the comments below.