Division III USL League One has delayed the launch of its season by at least two weeks, the latest response in U.S. professional soccer to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The 2020 USL League One season was to have gotten underway in late March, but USL has opted to push that back while suspending preseason activities in response to coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. This decision was announced Thursday, the same day it was revealed that Division II USL Championship will suspend its season for at least 30 days.
“It was very clear from our Championship and League One owners that the health and safety of players, fans and staff was their top priority,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said in a press statement. “In consultation with local, state and national health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security, we made the decision to delay the start of the League One season by a minimum of two weeks.”
Thursday has been marked by announcements from both USL and MLS in response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, as MLS is suspending play for 30 days.