Three significant headlines shocked supporters of Major League Soccer from April 1st to April 3rd. It was announced that somebody with the Philadelphia Union had contracted COVID-19. Representatives announcing this contraction didn’t confirm the infected player. However, this marks the 1st player in Major League Soccer to test positive. Another member in the MLS Community contracted COVID-19 on March 15th, with this being a Support Staffer with the Seattle Sounders. Similar announced followed by New York City FC on March 19th. Compared to other sporting leagues in the United States, Major League Soccer has seen minimal infections.
Representatives issued an official statement with the Philadelphia Union. They expressed that healthcare professionals working for MLS have been working with Medical Officials, ensuring that this player has a prompt recovery. Similar measures have been implemented by Major League Soccer Corporate, with their Support Staffers receiving medical assistance at home. Philadelphia Union ensured that this respective player has implemented self-isolation protocols and is recovering promptly.
Training Moratorium Period Extended
MLS Corporate confirmed on March 2nd that the “Training Moratorium Period” will be extended towards April 24th. Statements issued by corporate representatives expressed that this decision was made amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Original delays on the TMP were increased after the North American outbreak became a substantial pandemic. It should be noted that MLS Facilities are shut down until further notice. Individuals requiring medical treatments as these facilities are allowed entry, with this being a minimal amount of MLS Players.
MLS Footballers will continue to operate their standard contracts during this period. MLS Corporate hasn’t made confirmation of pay cuts for these punters. Reserve funds are enough to support the families of these players, corporate employees and Support Staffers. Major League Soccer is expected to resume by June 15th.
Pay Cuts for International Footballers
Major League Soccer might not be experiencing any pay cuts right now, but multiple FIFA Members have implemented specific measures. This includes La Liga Spain, Super League Greece, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the Russian Premier Association. The average cut of yearly salaries is 25%, with some sporting associations implementing higher valuations at 50%. These associated losses to players and staff members are to ensure reserve funds are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.