MLS extends hiatus until ‘at least June 8’

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Major League Soccer won’t resume before June 8 the league said on Friday, and is exploring multiple scenarios for completing the 2020 season.

The league is also discussing changes to player compensation because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic that has brought sports to a standstill worldwide.

“We are seeking to work collaboratively with the MLS Players Association to find a solution that provides a safety net for all players, opportunity to earn full salary in the scenario where all matches are played with fans, and in particular provides protection for the players at the lower end of the salary scale,” the league said in a statement.

ESPN reported Friday that the league has suggested most of its players take as much as a 50 per cent pay cut in a shortened season – depending on how many matches must
be cancelled.