What was expected is official, as MLS announced on Friday the extension of the postponement of the 2020 season through June 8 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to the customary language used about being in consultation with public health experts, the league is pondering pushing MLS Cup past December, and is talking to the MLS Players Association about measures to take to cut costs if games aren’t played, while also not leaving minimum salary guys (who make around $60,000) totally out in the cold.
MLS Statement on April 17, 2020 pic.twitter.com/8uS1STz0gX— MLS Communications (@MLS_PR) April 17, 2020
The extension is no surprise here, as no major sports league in North America, nor any major soccer league in the world, has gotten back to games yet, with most not even allowing for team training at this stage.
It sounds as though MLS is flexible about getting in a season, even if it goes beyond the calendar year. Who knows how that will work for contracts and such, but if that isn’t a barrier, it could happen.
As always, we’re all waiting here, and we’ll keep you posted on details as we learn them.
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