Major League Soccer on Thursday extended the suspension of all matches amid the coronavirus pandemic but set May 10 as a target date to return.
MLS said the extension was based on comments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which last Sunday recommended canceling all gatherings of 50 people or more for eight weeks.
May 10 is the eight-week mark. Last week, MLS suspended play for 30 days.
In a statement issued Thursday, the league said it was intent on playing the whole season, which was just two weeks in at the time of the suspension.
"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," the statement read. "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."
As of late Thursday morning, more than 10,200 people in the United States have tested positive for the virus, with more than 150 fatalities. In Canada, where three of the league's 26 teams are based, about 700 people had been diagnosed with coronavirus, with 35 deaths, as of Wednesday night.
--Field Level Media