MLS: 3 questions for coronavirus impact

Major League Soccer is currently in the midst of its 30-day postponement. The coronavirus has been labelled a worldwide pandemic by the WHO and it has stalled almost all sport across the entire planet. MLS has not been spared.

Obviously, the 2020 season is going to be hugely impacted by the coronavirus. You cannot take a month out of a scheduled campaign and expect things to return to normality upon the restart of action. The league must be completed at some point. It cannot hang in limbo forever.

When it comes to potentially cutting down the league to conduct play over a shortened period, thus squeezing in all the action in before the offseason, one obvious solution is to amend the extra tournaments that MLS teams partake in.

The U.S. Open Cup, the Campeones Cup, the Leagues Cup and even the CONCACAF Champions League can all be amended or even cancelled to help fit in the added games that will have to be rearranged. It remains to be seen just how much time MLS and other leagues have to play with, of course, but expect to see some changes to these competitions, not just the league structure.


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