Major League Soccer is suspending matches amid the coronavirus crisis and plans to reschedule postponed games on the back-end of the season, multiple people close to the situation said Thursday.
An official announcement is expected soon.
The action affects 12 games this weekend, including D.C. United’s visit to Cincinnati on Saturday. United was also scheduled to play at Philadelphia on March 22. The next home game is not until April 3 against New York City FC.
Teams are expected to continue practicing but also take precautions to mitigate the risk of illness. At Audi Field, players and front-office staff are using separate entrances and no one will be allowed to circulate between the two areas, which are two floors apart.
The league’s decision comes a day after the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes postponed their respective home matches on March 21.