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Concacaf suspends Champions League due to coronavirus

Concacaf will provide an update on the possible suspension of other competitions “in due course.”

Tigres defender Francisco Meza, left, battles for the ball with New York City FC midfielder Valentin Castellanos during the second half in the first leg of a quarterfinal in the CONCACAF Champions League soccer tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Harrison, N.J. Tigres won 1-0. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Concacaf has suspended the Champions League, effective immediately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Given the developments last night, including new guidance issued by countries, cities and states, we have made the decision to suspend the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League with immediate effect,” Concacaf said in a statement released Thursday.

The confederation added it is “continuing to discuss arrangements” regarding other Concacaf competitions. Further announcements will follow. The Concacaf men’s Olympic qualifiers are scheduled to start March 20 in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

LAFC-Cruz Azul: Liga MX side remain in Los Angeles

The only CCL quarterfinal yet to be played was between LAFC and Cruz Azul Thursday night at Banc of California Stadium. Both teams are currently in Los Angeles. Cruz Azul is awaiting further instructions in order to return to Mexico. According to ESPNMX, the club’s board is meeting with the team in a Los Angeles hotel to discuss the matter.

California governor Gavin Newsom recommended yesterday the state-wide cancellation of all gatherings above 250 people. The state of California has confirmed 173 cases and four deaths, according to data by Johns Hopkins University. 

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