This certainly isn’t the way we wanted to spend the start of the season. But the new reality, at least over the next eight weeks or so, is that we must amend our daily routines and adjust to a temporary normal.
Below, we’re going to keep you updated on the latest news from the league, and the LA Galaxy, on the coronavirus (COVID-19).
We will update this tracker when information is released. If you have any news you’d like to add to the tracker reach out to us on social media!
This page was last updated on March 25, 2020:
- 3.25.20 — MLS extends the training moratorium
- 3.20.20 — MLS extends the training moratorium
CURRENT DATE FOR RESTARTING THE LEAGUE: MAY 10, 2020
UPDATE: MARCH 25, 2020 – 7:30 AM
Major League Soccer has once again extended its training moratorium. And once again, they’ve extended it for an additional week. This time taking the pause up to, and through, April 3.
However, the league is making a small concession on a topic that has sparked some debate. And that’s to allow some players to leave their team’s respective home market, to be able to travel – by car – to their actual homes.
These requests are being made on a case-by-case basis and depend on the player’s individual circumstances.
There are no clear indicators within the league – or outside of it, for that matter – that anything is going to change over the next couple of weeks. So expect more of these extensions every week for the foreseeable future.
UPDATE: MARCH 20, 2020 – 12:30 PM
MLS extended its training moratorium today, through and including March 27. The original moratorium was set to expire tonight at midnight.
This will continue to keep players from training together and keep them in their respective markets (The LA Area) for at least another week.
That means that all LA Galaxy players will stay at home, practice social distancing, and await word on when they’ll finally be invited back to the stadium.
We fully expect this to be extended next Friday as well. That’s how this thing is going to roll for the next few weeks.
And while New York, Washington, and California are getting the brunt of it now, this moratorium is unlikely to be lifted anytime soon. MLS will need to wait for the entire country to be safer than it is now.
The lifting of this restriction, sometime in the future, is a great indicator of when the league is will be attempting to restart.
UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020 – 3:02 PM
The LA Galaxy released a letter from President Chris Klein. Klein doesn’t mention any new information, but Galaxy continue to try and manage the relationship with the fans — as they should.
Klein calls the COVID-19 pandemic “unique circumstances” and thanks everyone for their “continued support and loyalty”
UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020 – 8:01 AM
The League has been pushed back further with the MLS announcement that they are following the CDC guidelines. The new target date for the restart of the league is May 10.
The CDC guidelines currently restrict gatherings of 50 people or more and suggest the use of social distancing – keeping six feet between you and the next person. Something that is impossible to do in a stadium setting.
The postponement means the Galaxy will need to make up nine games during a stretch that could now run until the end of the year. Those nine games now represent more than 25-percent of the season that will need to be rescheduled.
MLS acknowledges that MLS Cup may need to be played in December once again, after adjusting their playoff schedule and format last season to finish in early November.
The Galaxy will need to make up games against Miami, Orlando, Kansas City, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Toronto, Houston, Portland, and Colorado.
As things stand right now, they would reopen their season on Sunday, May 10, by hosting the New York RedBulls — although any speculation on when or who they would play, at this point, is more of a guess than a certainty. And does this even allow for training to restart? There are still a lot of questions.
May is the Galaxy’s busiest month with seven games on the schedule. Should the season slip much further, there probably isn’t going to be a way to make up all the games the league needs to in order to play a full 34-game season and still have it finish by December.
We speculated that there was room for some make-up games towards the end of the season and originally pointed at the lack of midweek games after the early summer as a sign the league was preparing for a work stoppage when the outcome of the CBA was unknown.
Now, those empty midweek slots could be filled up in order to still play a full season — but just barely.
This extended postponement also means that any other competitions – League’s Cup and US Open Cup – could be canceled for this season. That’s just a guess at this point but it seems more and more likely with each passing day.
For now, the eight-week push should be a sign that things aren’t going to quickly get better.
UPDATE: MARCH 15, 2020 – 1:45 PM
MLS extends the training moratorium until at least Friday, March 20th.
This means that players cannot be at the facility and should stay home, in their local markets, until further notice.
MLS is working on a way to safely get access to training facilities for players. But nothing has been decided or confirmed.
UPDATE: MARCH 12, 2020 -12:47 PM
A press release from Dignity Health Sports Park reiterates the 30-day suspension of Major League Soccer and confirms the postponement of all activities at DHSP through the end of March.
UPDATE: MARCH 12, 2020 – 9:58 PM
The LA Galaxy have added their press release to a growing pile of press releases on this day.
The Galaxy confirm that the season has been suspended for 30 days and also add that all tickets will be honored when they play those rescheduled games.
This press release also says that all events at Dignity Health Sports Park have been postponed and that includes all games for LA Galaxy II and any academy games.
UPDATE: MARCH 12, 2020 – 8:42 AM
Less than 24 hours from their previous update, and just hours before the Galaxy would have departed on a charter flight for Miami, MLS suspends the season for 30 days.
The suspension comes on the heels of the NBA suspending it’s season when one, then two players from the Utah Jazz test positive for COVID-19.
All other Major Leagues follow suit.
The suspension means that three Galaxy games are postponed, with the likelihood of games not returning for the weekend of April 11th more and more likely.
UPDATE: MARCH 11, 2020 – 2:48 PM
MLS releases a statement about precautions being taken to protect players and to mandate charter flights for the foreseeable future. The restrictions also include a locker room ban for reporters.
These restrictions never go into place.