Eales seemed confident that each team's remaining 32 games could be played because most of the calendar year remains, there is more ability to play mid-week games and that the league does have a history of playing its MLS Cup in December — prior to the 2019 season. Atlanta United defeated Portland on Dec. 8, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to win its title.
“It’s a very easy process for the league to go back to model where we play MLS Cup in December,” Eales said.
Eales said the club hasn't received any new information regarding the concurrent postponements of the U.S. Open Cup, which the club won last year, or the Champions League, which Atlanta United trails Club America 3-0 after the first leg of the quarterfinal series played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The suspension of those tournaments would open more dates for MLS clubs to play league games.
In other items of note, Eales said that no players or club employees have reported testing positive for the coronavirus.
Eales said he also doesn’t foresee any layoffs of employees should the league postponement extend deeper into the year.