USL Championship Announces Resumption of 2020 Season
Following Board of Governors Vote, USLC Set for Provisional Return Date of July 11
The USL Championship Board of Governors voted today, Thursday, June 4, in favor of returning to play for the 2020 season, with a provisional start date set for July 11.
“We can’t wait to get back on the field and bring San Diegans more joy!”Landon Donovan – San Diego Loyal
While additional information on competition format, scheduling, broadcast and other important details will be made available in the coming weeks, it’s important to note that the league’s return to play will be conducted in strict alignment with all local and state public health guidelines.
USL HQ also remains in regular dialogue with the USL Players Association on all matters concerning player health and wellness protocols and looks forward to continuing those discussions.
USL Championship’s Orange County Soccer Club owner James Keston captured the essence of this long journey back to the season and the challenges that are still ahead.
“Today’s vote by the USL owners is a strong statement of our desire to return to play this season as a dynamic and rapidly growing League,” said Keston. “A number of steps still remain in order to move forward officially this season, most importantly an agreement with the players and the USLPA. Our Club wants to play and is working hard to bring live soccer back to Orange County this summer for our dedicated fans and supporters.”
USL Championship’s Indy Eleven was excited to have a date to resume the season.
“The Indy Eleven organization is energized by today’s news that our promising 2020 USL Championship season will continue,” stated Greg Stremlaw, Indy Eleven President & CEO. “We want to thank the United Soccer Leagues, USL Championship Board of Governors and numerous other organizations and advisory boards for the collaboration and consultation that resulted in this important decision.
“As exciting as today’s positive news is, it is merely a starting point, and we look forward to our continued contribution to the discourse that will determine the structure of the 2020 season,” continued Stremlaw.
“Everyone at Indy Eleven looks forward to providing best-in-class examples of how USL Championship clubs can work with local health and government agencies to ensure our return to games is done in a safe and responsible fashion for our players, staff and fans.”