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MLS training halt extended due to coronavirus pandemic

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Clubs cannot hold training at their facilities for another three weeks.

New York City FC v Columbus Crew SC Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Columbus Crew SC players will have to stay a while longer with the extension of the training moratorium. Major League Soccer announced Thursday evening that the training halt will be extended to May 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The statement reads:

“Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, May 15. MLS training facilities remain closed to all players and staff with the exception of players requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation, under the direction of the team medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of the residence. “

“While MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, MLS will continue to review individual requests by players to relocate to another market by car, taking into account the totality of a player’s situation.”

“MLS will remain in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on this continually evolving situation and provide further updates as they become available.”

When May 15 arrives, it’ll be a full two months since the league announced the suspension of their season and the halting of training. The return of training is yet to be determined with this being the fourth extension of this moratorium. The suspension of regular season play has been extended twice with the current return date set for June 8.

The likelihood of seeing Crew players return to training on May 15 and suit up for a regular season game in June is still up in the air. In the meantime, players have been active at home while the Crew have continued re-broadcasting old games.

The only soccer league that seems ready to resume play is the Bundesliga in Germany. The league stated they are ready for a May 9 return with no fans. They are waiting on approval from German government and health officials.

As of this writing, there are over 2.7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with over 866,000 In the United States. The state of Ohio has more than 14,000 confirmed cases with 656 deaths and well over 2,000 hospitalizations.

Massive Report will provide further updates on this story as they become available.