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March 25 – Training Moratorium Continues Through April 24

Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, April 24. 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 their 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


March 26 –  Mexico and Colombia soccer match set for May 30 at Empower Field at Mile High canceled due to COVID-10 public health crisis

Soccer United Marketing (SUM) in coordination with the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) announced on Thursday that the Mexican National Team’s MEXTOUR match on May 30 against Colombia at Empower Field at Mile High has been cancelled. Both federations have agreed to work together to explore all options to reschedule the match during the current World Cup cycle.

Tickets for the Denver match purchased via Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded. Tickets that were purchased at local shops and other points of sale will be reimbursed at point of purchase.


March 25 – Training Moratorium Continues Through April 3

Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, April 3. 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 their residence.

While MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, MLS will 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.


March 24 – 2020 Olympic Games postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is the latest international competition postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced Wednesday.

In a joint statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the decision was made to reschedule the event “to a date beyond 2020, but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”

The US and Canadian women’s national teams have already qualified, but the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, originally scheduled for late March in Guadalajara, has been postponed with no new date announced.


March 19 – MLS extends season suspension in accordance with CDC guidance

Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that it was extending the suspension of all matches, with a target return date of May 10. The extension was made in accordance with Sunday's guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cancel all mass gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. The league said it remains intent on completing the full 2020 season schedule.

Below is the full statement from MLS:

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time. 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. 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.

MLS announced a week ago that it was suspending play for 30 days in order to assess the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) with its medical task force and public health officials.

There have been more than 7,000 confirmed cases across all 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico and 97 deaths, according to the CDC's latest reporting from noon Wednesday. In Canada, there have been 690 confirmed cases of the virus, according to Public Health Canada.

For essential information on preventing the spread of COVID-19, read these tips or visit the CDC's website.


March 18 – USL Championship, League One suspend seasons due to COVID-19 impact

The United Soccer League announced Wednesday that it had extended its suspension of play in the USL Championship and USL League One to align with recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on restricting public gatherings of 50 or more people through Sunday, May 10.


March 17 – European Championships postponed until June 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

Euro 2020 is now Euro 2021.

The UEFA European Football Championship is the latest soccer tournament to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, UEFA announced the tournament will be delayed a year and be played in the summer of 2021.

Twenty teams have qualified and four others will join after qualifying playoffs.

Several MLS players were likely to be part of the competition.


March 17 – Copa America moved to next summer due to COVID-19

Copa America has been postponed until next summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, CONMEBOL announced Tuesday.

All 10 South American countries, along with invited teams Australia and Qatar will participate in the tournament, which is co-hosted by Colombia and Argentina.

“It is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation, and therefore responds to the fundamental need to avoid an exponential evolution of the virus; already present in all the countries of the Member Associations of the Confederation,” CONMEBOL said in a statement. “CONMEBOL has not been easy to make this decision, but we must safeguard at all times the health of our athletes and of all the agents who are part of the great family of South American football. Have no doubt that the oldest team tournament in the world will return with renewed strength in 2021, ready to make the continent and the whole world vibrate again with the passion that always characterizes us.”


March 15 – MLS extends training moratorium

Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 20. During this time, MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing measures.

The training moratorium applies to first-team trainings, reserve teams and academies.

During the training moratorium, MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market and they are permitted to work out independently should they voluntarily choose to do so.

In addition to the MLS regular season, several soccer competitions and tournaments have been postponed, including Concacaf (Olympic qualifying and Champions League) and U.S. national team events, USL Championship, Generation adidas Cup for academies and eMLS Cup.


March 14 – KSE Update on COVID-19

As medical experts, public health agencies, and government officials around the world work tirelessly to better understand and stem the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) is joining the fight to bring greater awareness to the situation by working with government agencies, medical experts, and grassroots organizations. KSE is one of the world’s leading sports and entertainment companies with thousands of full and part-time employees impacted by COVID-19.  KSE is working nonstop to ensure all employees are safe and educated on all aspects of the pandemic.

“Denver is an incredibly resilient city”, said KSE Vice-Chairman Josh Kroenke. “We have met tragedies and uncertainty head-on many times before, and we are doing so again now. The impact COVID-19 is having on our health and business communities is unprecedented. We are not health experts. However, we are business and community leaders, and we all have a role to play in helping one another. Please take this threat very seriously for the benefit of yourself and your loved ones, and please regularly check CDC and WHO websites for updates and greater information.”

The threat of COVID-19 has led to the temporary suspension of all major sports leagues across North America and Europe. In addition, KSE has suspended all events at Pepsi Center, Paramount Theatre, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, and 1STBANK Center for 30 days.

 “One of the many consequences of the pandemic is its effect on area businesses of all sizes,” Kroenke said. “Many companies – in particular the service industry – are temporarily laying off hard-working employees due to the cancellation of events amid an uncertain future. Our hourly KSE event staff plays an integral role in ensuring our fan experience is first class in every way, and it is with these thoughts in mind that KSE will continue to pay its part-time and hourly employees for the next 30 days. We also have asked our vendors and partners to do the same.”

Given the current state of grocery stores and need for food worldwide, KSE and its vendors are also proud and long-time partners with area agencies who are leading the charge to assist the community with hunger. KSE continues to work with the local food recovery program, We Don’t Waste, to provide food for those in need and, yesterday with our partners, donated six pallets of food that would have perished given the recent event suspensions at our numerous venues.

“It is a very trying time for our tight-knit sports community, but more importantly for human beings in general,” Kroenke said. “My father and I have personally had many conversations with coaches, players, executives, and support staff from our teams and clubs around the world, and it is inspiring to hear the determination to not only get through this difficult period but also to help and motivate others while doing so. From all of us here at KSE and on behalf of my family, please stay smart, stay safe, and support one another. We look forward to seeing all of our fans back in our venues at the appropriate time!”


March 13 – Tickets to postponed MLS games will be honored at rescheduled contests

If you're a fan that already has a ticket to one of the 42 MLS games that was impacted by the league's 30-day suspension due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, you're likely wondering what happens next.

All tickets for postponed games will be honored when they are played later in the season. If you already have a ticket to a match, that existing ticket will grant admission to the rescheduled contest and no further action is needed.

For any other questions or further information, fans should contact their club's customer service department.


March 13 – US Soccer Suspends 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Due to COVID-19

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, U.S. Soccer’s Open Cup Committee has temporarily suspended the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer’s National Championship.

“The health and safety of players, coaches, staff and fans is our main priority,” said U.S. Open Cup Commissioner Paul Marstaller. “Given the unique nature of the competition, which encompasses clubs from multiple leagues that have suspended their seasons, we are taking this action and will look to determine future dates to allow the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to be played.” 

The decision comes as participating professional leagues Major League Soccer, USL Championship, USL League One and National Independent Soccer Association have suspended their regular season schedules for a two-week to 30-day minimum, while the amateur National Premier Soccer League has also partially suspended league play until April 4.

The first three rounds of the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were scheduled for March 24-25, April 7-9 and April 21-23.


March 12 – USL Championship, League One suspend seasons due to COVID-19 impact

“It was very clear from our owners that the health and safety of players, fans and staff was their top priority,” said USL CEO Alec Papadakis while announcing the suspension of the USL Championship. “In consultation with local, state and national health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security, we have temporarily suspended match play for a minimum of 30 days.”


March 12 – US Soccer calls off national team games due to COVID-19 impact

“With the health of our players, coaches, staff and fans as our main priority, U.S. Soccer has decided it was in the best interest to cancel the majority of our upcoming domestic and international camps at all levels, including our senior Men’s and Women’s National Team games in March and April, due to the outbreak of COVID-19,” said US Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas. “We have been in communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local departments of public health, and after those conversations and continuously monitoring the situation, we strongly believe this is the best decision considering the ongoing worldwide health situation.”


March 12 – Josh Kroenke makes statement on KSE-Owned local teams and venues

In light of last night’s suspension of the NBA season due the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to share the following update.

To help navigate these unprecedented times, KSE is working with medical experts, government officials and major sports leagues in the United States, Europe and Asia to ensure the well-being of our employees, fans, vendors and partners. While we have not ruled out any possible intervention – from the recent suspensions of the NBA, NHL, MLS and NLL seasons to postponing concerts and other events - KSE continues to follow the mandates set forth by local, national and international health officials. We are also following the guidance of the various sports leagues we are involved with, including the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, National Lacrosse League, Major League Soccer, the National Football League and the English Premier League.

Health and well-being are more than a priority, it is a precondition to everything we do at all of our teams and organizations. Sports and entertainment can bring communities and individuals of all backgrounds together. It is a social fabric of cities throughout the world, and that is something in which we take immense pride. However, we are asking all our fans, partners and employees to practice good judgement and follow the suggested protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

While preventative measures don’t guarantee good health, they can greatly reduce our odds of getting sick. A CDC study estimates that only 31 percent of American males and 65 percent of American women properly wash their hands. Please wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. If you sneeze or cough, please cover your mouth and avoid contact with others. Please also limit the amount of times you touch your face, eyes or mouth.

If you don’t feel well, please stay at home and rest. If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, please contact local physicians and look at the updated CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/) and WHO (https://www.who.int/) websites regularly for new information.

This is an unsettling time for the entire world. We will persevere as medical experts work to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 and our heartfelt thoughts are with all who are already impacted by COVID-19. We recognize this situation is fluid and we will continue to communicate as we receive the most up to date information.We are stronger and better when we work together.Let’s not allow that to be any different as we continue to endure through this difficult time for all human beings.


March 12 – Rapids issue a response to COVID-19 and Major League Soccer's decision to suspend play

Major League Soccer has suspended the season as they continue to assess the ongoing COVID-19 situation. At this time, no games have been canceled, and the league is evaluating how best to approach the remainder of the season. Once we are given direction by the league, we will proactively communicate with ticket holders their options. if a game is permanently canceled, you will be presented a range of refund, credit or other options.


March 12 – Major League Soccer institutes training moratorium

MLS instituted a team training moratorium for all of its clubs beginning on Friday, March 13 and running through Sunday, March 15 as the league continues to review training protocols to ensure a safe environment for players and staff in the wake of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The training moratorium applies to first-team trainings, reserve teams and academies.

The communication of the moratorium to clubs came on the same day that MLS suspended the 2020 season for a period of 30 days.

During the training moratorium, MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market and they are permitted to work out independently should they voluntarily choose to do so.


March 12 – Major League Soccer suspends season for 30 days

Major League Soccer has suspended all games, effective immediately, for 30 days, the league announced Thursday as it continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 (the coronavirus).

At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events.

“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,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”


 

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