U.S. Soccer Development Academy suspends operations through April

March 13, 2020 /
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As sports organizations continue to suspend or cancel activities due to the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy is following suit.

In a statement posted to the organization’s website on March 12, U.S. Soccer noted that they would be suspending all operations through the end of April.

“U.S. Soccer has been closely monitoring the public health developments across the country and communicating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19 here in the United States and internationally. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has suspended all Boys’ and Girls’ regular season matches through the end of April.”

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In addition to suspending all operations and activities, the development academy announced the 2020 Allstate Development Academy Spring Cup, which was scheduled to be held April 29-May 4 in Kansas City, Mo. and Greensboro, N.C., would also be canceled as a precaution.

“With the health of our players, coaches, staff and fans as our main priority, U.S. Soccer has decided it was in the best interest to cancel the Spring Cup events in Kansas City and Greensboro as well as suspend all regular season DA matches through April due to the outbreak of COVID-19,” said U.S. Soccer Chief Medical Officer George Chiampas. “We have been in communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local departments of public health, and after those conversations and continuously monitoring the situation, we strongly believe this is the best decision considering the ongoing worldwide health situation.”

To read more from the statement and learn more about the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, click here.