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Canadian Premier League postpones start of 2020 season due to COVID-19

Last Updated Mar 20, 2020 at 12:55 pm MDT

Cavalry FC (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

TORONTO – The Canadian Premier League has postponed the start of the 2020 season, with no replacement kickoff date as of yet.

The Canadian pro league was set to start its second season on April 11.

The league said it was following Canada Soccer’s decision to suspend all sanctioned soccer activities — and COVID-19 directives by governments and health officials banning public gatherings.

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Commissioner David Clanachan said the league will start the season when it is declared safe by the relevant health and government agencies, including Canada Soccer.

The CPL put a 14-day pause on all pre-season training last Friday.

Players with expansion Atletico Ottawa, who had been training in Spain at parent club Atletico Madrid, have since returned and are now in self-isolation.

Cavalry FC’s opening game was slated for April 11 on the road in Hamilton versus Forge FC for a rematch of last season’s championship. The home opener at Spruce Meadows was scheduled for April 25 against York9FC.