Major League Soccer has called off its 2020 All-Star Game due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. MLS and Liga MX have also jointly announced that they will not be holding the 2020 Leagues Cup or Campeones Cup, though MLS affirmed an intention to bring the latter two tournaments back in 2021.
D.C. United had been set to play its first-ever Leagues Cup match in the latter half of July, where they were set to host the winner of this year’s Copa MX tournament. That tournament was also cancelled before it finished, with CF Monterrey and Club Tijuana the finalists.
Per a league press release, MLS will stage the 2021 All-Star Game at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. That was the originally planned venue for this year’s event, which was supposed to be an all-MLS squad facing a Liga MX all-star team for the first time. While that last aspect of the 2021 game has not been confirmed, MLS’s release stated that “there is every expectation that next year’s All-Star Game will be MLS vs. LIGA MX in Los Angeles.”
While MLS has had to postpone hundreds of games due to the pandemic, these are the first outright cancellations to anything on the schedule. The league is reportedly considering a summer mini-tournament involving every team reporting to Orlando for a quarantined event, but has not yet made a declaration on whether it intends to reduce the number of official regular season matches.
United’s status in two other competitions remains unclear. The 2020 U.S. Open Cup remains in a holding pattern, but will certainly require some kind of alteration. Had the tournament gone according to plan, the Black-and-Red would have been playing a Round of 32 match today or tomorrow. Audi Field was also set to play host to the Ligue 1 Games in mid-July, but no announcement has been made on the status of that friendly tournament involving clubs from the French top flight.