MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Tuesday said his league is targeting a start date of early to mid-March and that the hope is to play a normal, 34-game schedule. Additionally, there will be the Champions League, Leagues Cup, All-Star game, Campeones Cup and Gold Cup all scheduled to be played this year. If the league’s schedule doesn’t start in March, it could be difficult to play all 34 games, particularly if there are pauses for COVID-19.
“We have a schedule that is as crowded and as busy as any perhaps in the history of the league, and as we learned from last year, and as we’re seeing play out with the other North American leagues and even now with the Premier League and other European leagues, our schedule must provide us with the opportunity to make up any matches in the event that we have postponed games due to COVID, positive COVID tests,” Garber said.
“To make sure, again, that we have the ability to fit it all in, but also very importantly, and this was a big part of our discussions with our players in the spring and with our chief soccer officers and our team presidents, we need to have a long enough preseason to get our players back healthy, ready to play, to get back into training camps as early as mid-February.”