Atlanta United defender Fernando Meza works against FC Cincinnati forward Brandon Vazquez in a MLS soccer match on Saturday, March 8, 2020, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Breaking: MLS postpones games for eight weeks

MLS on Thursday announced that it is postponing games for eight more weeks and considering playing its championship game in December.

The league cited the Centers for Disease Control recommendation to limit gatherings of more than 50 people in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as part of its reasoning.

“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,” the league included in its statement.

Last week, the league announced a 30-day suspension of games.

Impacted Atlanta United games are:

March 7 vs. Cincinnati

March 14 vs. Sporting KC

March 21 at Chicago

April 5 at Cincinnati

April 19 vs. Portland

April 26 at Orlando

May 3 vs. Real Salt Lake

May 9 at Philadelphia

May 16 at New York Red Bulls

Prior to the 2019 season, MLS held its championship game, the MLS Cup, in early December.

The league hasn’t announced when, or if, teams can resume training as groups. Players have been given the choice to work out individually for the past week.

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