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(Reuters) – Main League Soccer’s (MLS) Supporters’ Defend won’t be awarded this yr, the league stated on Saturday, as a result of modifications to the usual aggressive setting compelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MLS was among the many quite a few North American leagues to droop its season in March as a result of outbreak, kicking off a quarantined and fanless event in Orlando, Florida, in July earlier than resuming its common season in August.

The Supporters’ Defend Basis board stated in a written assertion that whereas it counseled the gamers on finishing up the season, it might not be awarding its eponymous prize.

“This isn’t a straightforward choice to make. With the shortcoming for supporters to be in attendance and fill their stadiums with ardour, nevertheless, we really feel as if the present local weather goes in opposition to the spirit of the Defend,” the board stated.

Along with incomes the highest seed within the MLS Cup playoffs, MLS stated that the regular-season chief will obtain a bonus and a Concacaf Champions League berth.

The season is predicted to culminate within the MLS Cup in December.

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