Major League Soccer’s Supporters’ Shield will not be awarded this 12 months, the league mentioned on Saturday, because of the modifications to the usual aggressive atmosphere compelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
MLS was among the many quite a few North American leagues to droop its season in March because of the outbreak, kicking off a quarantined and fanless match in Orlando, Florida, in July earlier than resuming its common season in August.
The Supporters’ Shield Foundation board mentioned in a written assertion that while it recommended the gamers on finishing up the season, it could not be awarding its eponymous prize.
“This is not an easy decision to make. With the inability for supporters to be in attendance and fill their stadiums with passion, however, we feel as though the current climate goes against the spirit of the Shield,” the board mentioned.
In addition to incomes the top seed within the MLS Cup playoffs, MLS mentioned that the regular-season chief will obtain a bonus and a CONCACAF Champions League berth.
The MLS common season is scheduled to finish on Nov. 8, adopted by the playoffs, and then the MLS Cup in December.
Toronto FC, at the moment sitting atop the league desk, turned the primary membership to guide a playoff spot final week.
If TFC can end the season in first place, they will earn the berth into the CONCACAF Champions League. They can additionally declare a berth with a win over CPL membership Forge FC within the 2020 Canadian Championship closing.
Canada Soccer unveiled a new format for the Canadian Championship earlier this 12 months. The format features a single-match, winner-take-all closing to be held between TFC and Forge (date nonetheless to be decided) to see who will elevate the Voyageurs Cup and qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.