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MLS Extends Season Postponement An Additional Eight Weeks

Mar 19, 2020, 11:23 AM | Updated: 11:25 am

MLS Commissioner Don Garber attends the matchup between the Nashville SC and the Atlanta United at ...

MLS Commissioner Don Garber attends the matchup between the Nashville SC and the Atlanta United at Nissan Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

SANDY, Utah – Major League Soccer has extended its postponement of the 2020 season for another eight weeks, according to an official statement. The league had originally initiated a 30-day postponement on March 12 following the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world.

“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 statement reads.

Despite the chaos that has encapsulated the world, the thought of being able to play an entire MLS season will hopefully bring a smile to every fan’s dial.

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Tom Hackett is a Utah Football and Real Salt Lake Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the It’s Utah’s World Podcast (SUBSCRIBE)  Follow him on Twitter: @TomCantHackett.

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