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Curtin speaks to the media about the MLS suspension, more leagues and tournaments suspended, but soccer continues in Australia and Mexico

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Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin: ‘Health and safety of the community and our fans’ most important
Curtin was informed of the league’s decision to suspend play for at least 30 days when he left the training field at the Power Training Complex in Chester on Thursday. He described the feeling upon hearing the news as “eerie.”

Tickets to postponed MLS games will be honored at rescheduled contests
All tickets for postponed games will be honored when they are played later in the season. If you already have a ticket to a match, that existing ticket will grant admission to the rescheduled contest and no further action is needed.

U.S. Soccer News

FIFA recommends all international matches scheduled for March, April be postponed
Qualifying matches in Asia and South America for the 2022 World Cup had already been postponed prior to Friday’s statement. FIFA said it will be “studying the possibilities for re-scheduling any postponed matches.”

Concacaf Olympic Qualifying, GA Cup finals canceled
Brenden Aaronson, Mark McKenzie and Matt Freese had already begun training for the Olympic Qualifying tournament with the United States U23 team ahead of their first game on March 20 against Costa Rica.

U.S. Open Cup temporarily suspended amid coronavirus pandemic
The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues as U.S. Soccer announced on Friday that the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been temporarily suspended.

Rest of the World News

Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 suspended because of coronavirus
The top two divisions of football in Germany and France has been suspended in response to the global coronavirus outbreak.

While coronavirus stops most of soccer world, Mexico and Australia play on
Although MLS, the USL, and almost every soccer league in Europe have shut down because of the coronavirus, games are still being played in a few countries elsewhere in the world.