Major League Soccer has stopped kicking the idea around that the league will start to play games again in mid-May.

In a statement released Tuesday, MLS said: “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.”

The league added that it will have additional details in the coming weeks as when games will resume. Teams have played two games in the 2020 season. Toronto FC opened the season on Feb. 29 in San Jose, tying the Earthquakes 2-2. The Reds defeated New York City FC 1-0 in the club’s home opener at BMO Field on March 7 before the MLS season was suspended.

On Monday, MLS commissioner Don Garber told ESPN’s Taylor Twellman that the league is exploring tournament formats and neutral-site games for a potential return to play.

MLS is eyeing plans for “getting in as many games as possible,” whenever the COVID-19 suspension ends,” Garber said. “From tournament formats and neutral locations, ultimately playing an abridged regular season, (we’re) doing everything to get as many games.”

The MLS suspended operations indefinitely on March 12, and the league’s current suspension will last until at least May 10. A training moratorium is in place through April 24.

Some top European leagues, such as Germany’s Bundesliga, plan to return in May.

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