Here’s how the coronavirus is affecting MLS and international soccer
While news that the coronavirus outbreak has put an end to the NBA season and NCAA tournament – among other major sporting events – is engulfing the American news cycle, COVID-19 has also taken a major toll on the soccer world, both domestically and internationally.
On Friday, the Premier League announced the postponement of all professional soccer in England:
The Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in EnglandArticle continues below ...
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 13, 2020
Early Thursday morning, Major League Soccer – America’s most prominent soccer league – suspended its season for a month:
Major League Soccer Suspends Season for 30 Days pic.twitter.com/P0HEPmsnkx
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 12, 2020
In addition, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams canceled multiple friendlies that were scheduled to take place over the next few months, including matches in Europe:
Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, U.S. Soccer has canceled the upcoming #USMNT & #USWNT games in March & April, and the majority of #USYNT and Extended National Team matches and camps that were planned through the end of April.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 12, 2020
Coronavirus had also struck the sport on an international scale, and several of the major leagues have already taken action.
LaLiga confirms suspension of the competition for Matchdays 28 and 29.
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) March 12, 2020
Real Madrid players were quarantined after a basketball player at the organization’s facilities tested positive.
La Liga have announced that the league has been suspended following the coronavirus outbreak.
Real Madrid's players have also been placed into quarantine.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 12, 2020
Members of the Juventus squad were quarantined after Daniele Rugani tested positive for the virus this week.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) March 11, 2020
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) March 12, 2020
Following the quarantine imposed on players of Juventus and Real Madrid, the following #UCL matches will not take place as scheduled.
🏴 Manchester City – Real Madrid 🇪🇸
🇮🇹 Juventus – Olympique Lyonnais 🇫🇷
Further decisions on the matches will be communicated in due course.
— UEFA (@UEFA) March 12, 2020
In concert with UEFA and La Liga, CONCACAF also suspended play.
Concacaf suspends Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League with immediate effect
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Concacaf suspende la Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank con efecto inmediato
— Concacaf (@Concacaf) March 12, 2020
Thursday afternoon, the news came down that Arsenal manager tested positive for COVID-19:
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, the club has confirmed. pic.twitter.com/NpeZHKt8Gk
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 12, 2020
Arsenal training centre closed. pic.twitter.com/vVry6C5vQk
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) March 12, 2020
Stay tuned for more updates.