Major League Soccer on Thursday suspended all games for 30 days, effective immediately.
The league said it was continuing to work with the coronavirus task force and public health officials and would "communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events" at a later date.
"Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season -- based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. "We'd like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time."
The NBA suspended its season Wednesday night.
Two matches scheduled for March 21 already had been postponed in San Jose and Seattle after those local jurisdictions imposed bans on large gatherings.
--Field Level Media