DC United announced Thursday that they are postponing games for the next thirty days. The decision follows an announcement made by Major League Soccer that it was suspending all games for that duration as it continues to assess the impact of COVID-19.
DC United are scheduled to play three games in that period, including a March 14 game versus Cincinnati, a March 22 game versus Philadelphia, and a April 3 game against New York City.
“The safety of our supporters, players and staff is our number one priority and we feel that these measures are the appropriate response and course of action to support health authorities’ ongoing efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreading,” said a representative in a statement.
The league and clubs are expected to communicate plans for the continuation of the season when those decisions are made.
The MLS announcement comes in the wake of the NBA suspending its season on Wednesday night, seconds before tip-off at a Utah Jazz versus Oklahoma City Thunder game after the results of a player test came back positive.
Prior to the suspension of the MLS season, two MLS matches scheduled for March 21 had already been postponed in Seattle and San Jose.
The National Hockey League (NHL) was expected to make a similar announcement after an afternoon conference Thursday.