It’s official: The LA Galaxy season suspension due to the coronavirus has been extended, with a possible projected return date of May 10, although it must be noted that’s very much speculative at this point.
Here’s the official statement from the league, extending last week’s shutdown that was originally 30 days effectively another month:
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time. MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations.
While the league’s statement does not specify the May 10 date, that was identified by MLSsoccer.com, among other outlets.
So what does this mean? The LA Galaxy games specifically affected by the shutdown until May 10 at present are nine (they do have a game scheduled on May 10 itself, not included in this count):
- Last Saturday’s game at Inter Miami
- March 22 vs. Orlando City
- April 4 vs. Sporting Kansas City
- April 11 at Minnesota United
- April 15 at Philadelphia Union
- April 18 at Toronto FC
- April 25 vs. Houston Dynamo
- May 2 at Portland Timbers
- May 6 at Colorado Rapids
So what will happen? As the league’s statement indicates, they’re working to see if it’s possible to play 32 more regular-season games (and playoffs) this calendar year, if they restart in mid-May. Maybe they can do it, maybe they can’t. Maybe the league won’t start again in May. We’re still very much in uncertainty, but for now there’s a tentative target, we’ll see if that can be met, and what will happen to the season as a result. For now, we’ll continue to wait and see, and provide updates as we get them.
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