The MLS clash between the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas scheduled to take place on March 21st has been postponed.
The coronavirus outbreak has now impacted another league. The MLS has postponed its first game after confirmed outbreaks of the virus in Washington state.
This is the home state of the leagues Seattle Sounders.
The local government has put in place preventative action and laws to try and stem the spread. This includes the March 21st game between the Sounders and Dallas.
The state’s governor Jay Inslee released a statement banning all gatherings of 250 people or more.
According to ESPN, the MLS franchise released a statement confirming the postponement and the governor’s ban.
The statement read:
“As the developments surrounding COVID-19 in our region evolve, Seattle Sounders FC has been working in real-time with regional health authorities and government officials to do our part in combating this public health crisis.”
“Our organization must remain flexible in these efforts, and at this time, that includes heeding Governor Inslee’s call to postpone our home match on March 21 versus FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field.”
“Throughout this process, Sounders FC has stated that nothing is more important than public safety and the well-being of our fans.”
“With that in mind, we respect the difficult decision that has been made today, and our club will continue following the guidelines set forth by our public health authorities and government agencies.”
“We will maintain our consistent dialogue with elected leadership, public health officials and Major League Soccer.”
“As more information becomes available, the club will continue to provide public updates.”
“This includes details about rescheduling the FC Dallas match for a later date.”