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FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp discussed with media members on Thursday morning the league-wide suspension of MLS matches for 30 days in response to the spread of novel coronavirus.

Cincinnati Enquirer

Major League Soccer is extending its suspension of regular-season play and is now targeting a May 10 return to league play.

MLS, which announced last week it was suspending play for an initial period of 30 days, announced Thursday it would extend the suspension in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation against gatherings of 50-plus people for eight weeks.

League officials said in a statement it remained intent on completing the full 2020 season schedule.

“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 officials said in the statement. “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.”

The statement didn’t include further information about the ongoing moratorium on training, which is scheduled to last through Friday. 

The Enquirer will update this report.