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: 2019 07 26 Zlatan Ibrahimovic avoided a suspenion from Major League Soccer this week. The league ruled that the LA Galaxy star was not deserving of a ban for an incident with Mohamed El-Munir in the club’s 3-2 win over Los Angeles FC last Friday

2019 08 07 Retrieve

[The MLS Fan Code of Conduct forbids the use of any] (including on any sign or other visible representation) political, threatening, abusive, insulting, offensive language and/or gestures, which includes racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist or otherwise inappropriate language or behavior

2019 08 20 Retrieve

[Major League Soccer has awarded an expansion franchise to St. Louis, Missouri, the league announced on Tuesday] It is with great pride that we welcome St. Louis to Major League Soccer. St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. Our league becomes stronger today with the addition of the city’s deeply dedicated soccer fans, and the committed and innovative local ownership group led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, the Taylor family, and Jim Kavanaugh.

2019 09 25 Retrieve

[MLS lifts ban on anti-fascist symbol after outcry from supporters’ groups] After collaborative discussions with its fans, supporter groups, and clubs, Major League Soccer, the Independent Supporters Council, the 107 Independent Supporters Trust / Timbers Army, Emerald City Supporters, and Gorilla FC jointly announce the formation of a working group by MLS to review the league’s Fan Code of Conduct to ensure clarity and consistency in advance of the 2020 MLS season

As part of this decision to update the Fan Code of Conduct for 2020, MLS has suspended the prohibition on the Iron Front imagery at matches for the balance of the 2019 season and Audi MLS Cup Playoffs while the working group conducts its analysis

2019 09 25b Retrieve

[MLS lifts ban on anti-fascist symbol after outcry from supporters’ groups. The Independent Supporters Council said they were happy with the decision in a statement of their own] We appreciate Major League Soccer’s willingness to engage, listen, and learn. We look forward to continuing the dialogue, moving away from direct action in the stands on this issue, and instead focusing our energy on making progress around the table

2019 09 26 Retrieve

[Why did MLS ban the Iron Front flag? The specific part of the Code of Conduct is the use of] (including on any sign or other visible representation) political, threatening, abusive, insulting, offensive language and/or gestures, which includes racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist or otherwise inappropriate language or behavior

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[In the aftermath of the news on Roman Torres’s 10-game suspension by MLS for violating the league’s substance abuse policy] Under the policy, players are responsible for what they put in their bodies irrespective of whether there was any intent to take a prohibited substance,

While a grievance is theoretically possible, to prevail, we would have to demonstrate that the test results were wrong, rather than Román did not intend to take a performance enhancing substance. That is a virtually impossible standard

The policy also provides for a set schedule of fines and suspensions for players who test positive for performance enhancing substances and that schedule was collectively bargained. Roman’s fine and suspension is in accordance with that collectively bargained schedule, so the length of the suspension and/or amount of fine could not be challenged successfully

The problem is that in this country, lawful nutritional supplements that can be purchased over the counter lack sufficient regulation. As a result, they can and often are contaminated with undisclosed ingredients that may cause an adverse test. Román had absolutely no intention to try to cheat, and the unfortunate fact is that he is the victim of an industry with insufficient oversight

2020 01 04 Retrieve

[USMNT cancel Qatar camp because of Middle East security concerns] Due to the developing situation in the region, U.S. Soccer has decided to postpone traveling to Qatar for the Men’s National Team’s scheduled January training camp. In the meantime, we are working on alternative arrangements in preparation for the match against Costa Rica on February 1 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. We are working with the Qatar Football Association to find an opportunity in the near future for our team to experience Qatar’s world-class facilities and hospitality

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans claims he was quoting lyrics a hip-hop song] Major League Soccer has been informed of a complaint filed with the MLS Players Association regarding FC Cincinnati head coach Ron Jans. The MLS league office, in cooperation with FC Cincinnati, has begun an investigation into the matter. Jans has stepped away from his coaching duties with the team while this matter is being investigated

2020 03 11 Retrieve

[Two MLS matches postponed as league takes precautions against coronavirus] Following Santa Clara County’s legal order banning all gatherings of 1,000 people or more and the state of Washington’s decision to restrict gatherings of more than 250 people in King County, Major League Soccer matches in San Jose and Seattle on March 21 are postponed. The league and its clubs are evaluating the options for rescheduling the matches at a later date

MLS clubs and stadium operators have implemented procedures to ensure the safety of fans and communities by increasing cleaning staff, disinfecting high-traffic areas, sanitizing the facilities before and after each match, and making hand sanitizer available throughout venues. MLS stadiums are also allowing guests to bring in their own bottles of hand sanitizer and encouraging fans who feel sick or are in vulnerable populations to enjoy the match at home. Clubs also will communicate with fans in advance of matches and post in-stadium signage to further educate about everyday preventative actions advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

[the league has restricted locker room access] Providing a safe and healthy environment for our fans, players and everyone at MLS matches is our top priority. During this rapidly changing issue, MLS remains in direct contact with the relevant governmental agencies including the CDC and PHAC, and is also coordinating with other sporting organizations regarding COVID-19. In addition, every MLS club is in continuous dialogue with local and regional health authorities. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide any updates at the appropriate time

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[Coronavirus: MLS suspended for 30 days as USMNT & USWNT cancel friendlies] Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of Covid-19 with its medical task force and public health officials. At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events

2020 03 15 Retrieve

[MLS extends team training moratorium as part of coronavirus shutdown] Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 20th. During this time, MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing measures. MLS is working with public health authorities, in collaboration with the MLS clubs, the MLS Players Association, and in consultation with the other North American professional sports leagues to finalize a protocol that would permit players to access training facilities for rehab or individual training under safe conditions during the team training moratorium. MLS remains in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on this continually evolving situation and will provide further updates as they become available

2020 03 19 Retrieve

[MLS targeting May return date with potential for a December MLS Cup] In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time. MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations

2020 03 20 Retrieve

[MLS extends team training suspension as coronavirus outbreak worsens] Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, March 27. During this time, MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing measures. At this time, team training facilities may only be accessed for physical therapy purposes at the direction of club medical staff to ensure adherence to safety protocols. MLS remains in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on this continually evolving situation and will provide further updates as they become available

2020 03 25 Retrieve

[MLS extends training moratorium into April] Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, April 3. MLS training facilities remain closed to all players and staff with the exception of players requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation, under the direction of the team medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of their residence

MLS will remain in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on this continually evolving situation and provide further updates as they become available

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[MLS admits ‘it may become difficult’ to complete full season amid coronavirus crisis] Major League Soccer continues to regularly evaluate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, including how it will affect our plans for the 2020 season. Although we hoped to return to play in mid-May, that is extremely unlikely based on the guidance of federal and local public health authorities. Our goal remains to play as many games as possible, and while we currently have enough dates to play the entire season, we recognize at this time that it may become difficult to do so. We continue to learn more every day from the medical experts, and we expect to have additional details in the coming weeks regarding when we can return to play. As we have throughout this process, we will update our fans with every decision, and we thank them for their support and understanding during this extremely challenging time.

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[MLS extends training moratorium until May 15] Major League Soccer has extended the team training moratorium through, and including, Friday, May 15. MLS training facilities remain closed to all players and staff with the exception of players requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation, under the direction of the team medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of their residence. While MLS players are expected to remain in each club’s respective market, MLS will continue to review individual requests by players to relocate to another market by car, taking into account the totality of a player’s situation. MLS will remain in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on this continually evolving situation and provide further updates as they become available

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[MLS to allow individual player workouts from May 6] Major League Soccer today announced that as of Wednesday, May 6, players may begin to use outdoor team training fields for individual workouts, in compliance with detailed health and safety protocols that were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts. All individual workouts are voluntary and may not be in conflict with local public health official or government policies. By allowing players, on a voluntary basis, to utilise team-operated fields for individual workouts, MLS clubs will be able to provide a controlled environment that ensures adherence to safety protocols and social distancing measures for players and staff. The individual player workout protocol prohibits access to club facilities including but not limited to locker rooms, team gyms, and team training rooms. Team gyms and training rooms may still only be accessed by players receiving post-operative and rehabilitation treatment, as directed by the club’s chief medical officer. The league-wide moratorium on small group and full team training remains in place through, and including, Friday, May 15

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[MLS cancels 2020 All-Star Game, Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup] The 2021 MLS All-Star Game and festivities are expected to take place in Los Angeles at the same venue. MLS and Liga MX will resume discussions regarding the event, and there is every expectation that next year’s All-Star Game will be MLS vs. Liga MX in Los Angeles. In addition, the league is reviewing proposals from three cities to host the 2022 MLS All-Star Game. Details regarding the 2021 and 2022 All-Star Games will be announced at a later date

[The league did, however, announce last week that it was extending its small group and team training moratorium through June 1] MLS training facilities remain closed to all players with the exception of those requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation, under the direction of the team medical staff, that cannot be performed from the safety of their residences

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Association have officially ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, paving the way for a return to play in 2020 while avoiding a potential lockout] MLS Players today ratified a new collective bargaining agreement, which will run through the 2025 season. Today’s vote also finalizes a plan to resume the 2020 season and provides players with certainty for the months ahead. It allows our members to move forward and continue to compete in the game they love. However, we recognize that we are all moving forward - as players, as fans, as societies and as a world - into a future that looks much different than the one we mentioned a few months ago. There are problems we face collectively that are both more urgent, and more important, than competing on the field. We are grieving, we are fed up, we expect change, and we expect action. This change won’t come on the field, but it will come partly through the force and determination of those who seek justice and quality. We hope our return to the field will allow fans a momentary release and a semblance of normalcy. We are committed as a group to doing all that we can - both as leaders in our sport as well as leaders in our communities - to help carry our countries, our communities, our league, and our sport forward.

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[MLS has announced that FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has been suspended following alleged incidents of domestic abuse] FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has been suspended by Major League Soccer following a report made to the Frisco Police Department alleging incidents of domestic abuse. MLS is conducting an independent investigation into the matter and will remain in close communication with FC Dallas, local law enforcement, and the MLS Players Association throughout the process. The player proactively submitted to, and is currently undergoing, an assessment by Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) doctors. Gonzalez will not be eligible to participate in any team activity until the assessment is complete, he is cleared for participation by the SABH Program doctors, and Major League Soccer completes its investigation. MLS will not have further comment on this matter until the conclusion of the League’s investigation

Earlier this week, we learned of allegations involving goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez. FC Dallas takes these matters extremely seriously and fully supports the league’s swift action to suspend the player while an investigation takes place. We continue to work closely with Major League Soccer regarding this. As this is an ongoing investigation, FC Dallas will not have further comment at this time

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[MLS must back up anti-racism message] The entire Major League Soccer family is deeply saddened and horrified by the senseless murder of George Floyd. We stand united with the black community throughout our country and share in the pain, anger and frustration. We hear you. We see you. We support you. We are committed to use our voices and the platform of our League, our Clubs and our players to continue to champion equality and social justice.

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[MLS says 20 players, six club staff test positive for coronavirus] Any individual who tests positive … while in Orlando will participate in a clinical assessment by a healthcare provider and moved to the isolation area of the hotel until he or she receives medical clearance. While in isolation, MLS players and other staff will be in daily communication with and receive remote care… including monitoring of symptoms, and regular follow-up testing

2020 07 04 Retrieve

[Vancouver Whitecaps’s MLS return with FC Dallas delayed after inconclusive coronavirus tests] The later match date will allow both teams additional training days in Orlando in advance of their first match