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Jeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent
- Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.
MLS is planning to postpone matches at least through June 8 due to the spread of the coronavirus in the United States and Canada, according to multiple league sources.
The Sports Business Journal and The Athletic were the first to report a targeted return date of the second week in June. An announcement could come as quickly as Wednesday.
The league has been suspended since March 12 and had previously targeted a May 10 return.
MLS commissioner Don Garber told ESPN on Monday that the league was “focused at getting in as many games as possible” and added that he and stakeholders are exploring alternative formats to completing the season.
“From tournament formats and neutral locations, ultimately playing an abridged regular season, but doing everything to get as many games,” Garber told ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman.
Garber added that if and when play does resume, games would mostly be played behind closed doors in what he dubbed “MLS Studio” games.
The league has a training moratorium for its players until April 24, and Garber said that it would be extended “at least a couple weeks.”