MLS Training Moratorium Extended in Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic


MLS has extended its moratorium on team training in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, running it through March 20.

In an announcement dated March 15, MLS revealed that its moratorium has been extended to run through and include this coming Friday. The league also stated that players are expected to remain in their club’s respective markets, while being advised to practice safe social distancing measures.

From the league’s announcement:

MLS is working with public health authorities, in collaboration with the MLS clubs, the MLS Players Association, and in consultation with the other North American professional sports leagues to finalize a protocol that would permit players to access training facilities for rehab or individual training under safe conditions during the team training moratorium. 
MLS remains in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on this continually evolving situation and will provide further updates as they become available.

MLS announced last Thursday that it would suspend play for 30 days in light of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the possibility of a longer stop in play cannot be ruled out, especially in the wake of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s recommendation issued Sunday that organizers cancel events with 50 or more people over the next eight weeks.

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