The Major League Soccer Association confirmed that an extension on the 2020 seasons postponement had been extended. MLS matches won’t be officially played until June 8th, with the possibility of an additional extension being implemented. This follows after the MLS Association terminated their seasonal events on March 19th, ensuring that the league abided by CDC Regulation. Their initial postponement was slated to last for eight weeks, allowing for MLS teams to compete by May 10th. That won’t be possible any longer under the new extension. Supporters weren’t shocked by the official announcement, as resuming seasonal events was extremely unlikely under the COVID-19 conditions in North America.
It should be mentioned that the MLS Players Association is demanding that compensation be provided to athletes throughout the extension period. This will cost MLS teams an influx of funds, with outfits like TFC and Inter Miami FC losing hundreds of thousand weekly. Minimal profits follow after a lack of sales for apparel & tickets, with this extending towards lost contracts with broadcasters & advertisers. Even under this unprecedented conditions for the leagues 25th year, all coaching staff and general managers have abided by the MLSPA’s demands. Everyone will be protected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Representatives provided an official statement regarding the postponement extension. It mentioned that the MLS community is exploring new formats that’ll allow for the 2020 Season to be entirely conducted, ensuring that the Championship Cup Series could be maintained by December. Before these formats can be implemented, we’ll continue to abide by CDC Guidance Regulations. It’s prompted our executives to extend the seasonal postponement until June 8th. We’ve ensured our athletes that compensation will be provided, allowing for families and respective individuals to be protected during the pandemic.
Representative iterated that MLS Corporate is working with the players association, determining various solutions that’ll provide safety for our employed athletes. These solutions also enable these individuals to earn their full contract salaries. One of the discussed provisions is limiting attendees until a vaccine is provided worldwide. This will be a minimum of two years.