MLS: 3 questions for coronavirus impact

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CARSON, CA -SEPTEMBER 15: Sporting KC Head Coach Peter Vermes during the Los Angeles Galaxy’s MLS match against Sporting KC at the Dignity Health Sports Park on September 15, 2019 in Carson, California. Los Angeles Galaxy won the match 7-2 (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images) /

1. Can a truncated season work?

Quite when MLS will return to action remains to be seen. Currently, the April 11th/12th weekend is the scheduled date, though that could easily change in the near future as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic changes on a daily basis.

Even without 30 days to fill out the normal league schedule, MLS was already going to have to play midweek matches to squeeze the remainder of the games in. If more time on top of that is missed, will it reach an extent that a truncated season can be squeezed in the given period?

On top of that, could the schedule be changed to reflect the shortened period? The MLS schedule is already imbalanced so there is more license to alter the schedule than other leagues across the globe. There will also likely be space opened up throughout the year by decisions made regarding other competitions.

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Nevertheless, it is likely that the 2020 MLS season will have to be played over a shortened period. How will a truncated schedule work and what impact will it have on the players, teams, and a league as a whole?