Earthquakes Stadium in San Jose will remain empty today as the match between LAFC and the Quakes had been postponed for Sun Nov 1, 2020 match (photo from sjearthquakes.com)
By Barbara Mason
We are all aware of the protocols that sports teams across the country are taking to protect their franchises from this deadly virus.. Despite all of the precautions we have seen Covid 19 cases pop up in every sector from the NFL, MLB right down to colleges across the nation. Now despite great care being taken in Major League Soccer, the San Jose Earthquakes have now experienced the sting of a number of players testing positive.
The match between the Quakes and the Los Angeles Football club that was to take place on Sunday November 1 has been postponed. Earlier this week it was discovered that three of San Jose’s player group had tested positive. The team immediately jumped into action taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all involved team members. The good news for San Jose is that remaining players and staff have all tested negative and continue to test negative. Despite the continued negative tests from the team, Sundays game was postponed in a better safe than sorry scenario.
Now the question remains; can this game be rescheduled before Decision Day which takes place on November 8. The Quakes are not the only team to struggle from the disruption. Another Sunday game has also been cancelled due to outbreak. Sporting Kansas City and Minnesota United FC have also suffered from yet another cancellation. Several players on Minnesota tested positive and because of the lack of match dates available this game will not be rescheduled.
It was confirmed this week that a number of teams will not be able to finish the full 23 game season. Many of those scheduled matches were disrupted due to the Covid-19. Presently qualification for the Audi 2020 MLS Cup playoffs will be determined by a points per game average for those teams unable to finish the full season.
As we continue through what is left of the season the hopes are that most of these games are able to be played before the last day of the regular season known as Decision Day which falls on November 8th. November 20 the playoffs start and conclude with MLS Cup 2020 on December 12.