Major League Soccer could push MLS Cup final back to mid-December

Seattle Sounders celebrate winning the 2019 MLS Cup final (Credit: Getty Images)

Major League Soccer is reportedly considering staging the MLS Cup final in mid-December – possibly in a neutral, warm-weather city – in an attempt to salvage the remainder of the season.

MLS announced last week it was suspending the 2020 campaign for 30 days due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention then recommended on March 15 that events or gatherings involving 50 people or more be called off for the next eight weeks.

According to Yahoo Sports, MLS is looking to still play all of its remaining scheduled games in the regular season and playoffs. However, the shutdown will most likely push back the MLS Cup, which is scheduled for November 7.

MLS Cup finals are normally held at the home of the higher-seeded finalist. But due to the cold weather in certain markets, a one-off return to a neutral site in a warm climate is being considered.

Meanwhile, the United Soccer League has further postponed the USL Championship and USL League One seasons until May 10. In addition the USL Academy Cup, which was scheduled to take place from May 22-25 in Tampa, Florida, has been cancelled.