Resumption of 2020 MLS season pushed past mid-May

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We’re still operating in limbo, as league officials announce that the 2020 MLS season will not resume on May 10, as the target for live action will go beyond that original goal.

The statement from MLS:

Major League Soccer continues to regularly evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how it will affect our plans for the 2020 season. Although we hoped to return to play in mid-May, that is extremely unlikely based on the guidance of federal and local public health authorities. Our goal remains to play as many games as possible, and while we currently have enough dates to play the entire season, we recognize at this time that it may become difficult to do so. We continue to learn more every day from the medical experts, and we expect to have additional details in the coming weeks regarding when we can return to play. As we have throughout this process, we will update our fans with every decision, and we thank them for their support and understanding during this extremely challenging time.

A time when regular-season action can resume is elusive. Some officials, like California Gov. Gavin Newsom, do not foresee sports stadiums full of fans until the fall. Some sports, such as Major League Baseball and the NBA, are looking at resuming action in closed-off venues sans fans, as is the Premier League.

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