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A Message from Coach Sawatzky; USL Announces Second Season Delay

By Darren Sawatzky, 03/18/20, 3:00PM EDT


The Delay to May 10 Falls in Line with CDC Guidelines

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Stone Hendricks Photography

What an amazing and incredibly humbling time we are living in.  With each day something new is there to learn with this worldwide issue we are all facing. Each day I am inspired by the talented people in Richmond. 

The Richmond Kickers fully support USL League One’s decision to postpone training and playing soccer so that the health of our community is intact and we can fight this together.

Please follow the health experts with social distancing, washing your hands, and erring on the side of being the best neighbor and friend you can be. I will see you all soon enough at City Stadium, but, until then, let’s all do our part to help each other. #BangTheDrum

The statement from USL League One is as follows...

The United Soccer League announced today, following approval from USL League One’s Board of Governors, that the previously announced two-week delay to the start of the League One season will be extended in order to align with recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on restricting public gatherings of 50 or more people through Sunday May 10th.

We want to thank League One fans across the country for your support during these extraordinary circumstances. As always, your safety, health and wellness are our top priority. We will continue to monitor ongoing events, receive guidance from local, state and national health authorities, and participate in a national task force comprised of other professional sports leagues and organizations from around the country. We also want to extend our support and best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by COVID-19.

We look forward to kicking off the new season with you soon.