Several Major League Soccer players took to social media to voice disappointment over not playing for the foreseeable future, but understanding the 30-day suspension of their season to assess the impact of COVID-19 was the right course of action.
This Philadelphia Union post on Saturday starring forward Kacper Przybylko probably best sums up the general mood:
The Friendly Striker wanted to pass along a message 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/0AFUlRT0rk— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) March 14, 2020
Darnit, was looking forward to playing, but you have to trust medical staff and people in charge. Take care of the details and look after one another. There is bigger things in life than sports, we'll be back again when it's safe for everybody. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/9qEl5OPOSn— Stefan Frei (@Stefan24Frei) March 12, 2020
Frei's teammate in Seattle, midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro, encouraged the public to remain at home if possible. Lodeiro, the 2016 MLS Newcomer of the Year after arriving from Boca Juniors, has won two MLS Cups with the Sounders.
It’s a crazy time we’re all experiencing at the moment. I believe all the appropriate actions were taken in order to prioritize our health and safety. Everyone needs to remain calm and remember not only to take care of themeselves but keep others in mind as well. See you soon🙏 pic.twitter.com/S3yoyWh4zF— Da Boy (@SLletget) March 14, 2020
Lots to process for all of us the past few weeks. For me, sport always unifies in difficult times but we are entering uncharted territory and the decision to postpone games is the right one. The health and safety of our communities comes first and always should. Stay safe friends— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) March 12, 2020
Orlando City SC captain Nani was set to return from a suspension and make his 2020 regular season debut against Chicago Fire FC on Saturday. But he threw his full support behind the decision to pause the season "because the most important thing in life is the well-being and health of everyone."
Just a little bit longer South Florida. Everyone stay safe! #lafamilia 💗🖤— AJ DeLaGarza (@AJD_20) March 12, 2020
Shutting things down and trusting the medical professionals is 100% the right thing to do BUT DAMN! I always turn to sports in times like this! As a fan this is brutal but it’s only temporary. Take care of your families, your health, wash those hands and disinfect the phones!— Jeff Attinella (@Jeff_Attinella1) March 12, 2020
Other players, including Tommy Thompson of the San Jose Earthquakes, Kei Kamara of the Colorado Rapids, D.C. United’s Julian Gressel and Toronto FC and US men’s national team forward Jozy Altidore implored everyone to stay safe.
Thanks to the @Mls for that decision to take a break from play... the health and safety of everyone and our families is top priority. Y’all be safe. God bless. 🙏— KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) March 12, 2020
Sad day for a sports fan 😩🥺 Stay safe everyone 🙏🏼— Julian Gressel (@JulianGressel) March 12, 2020
Stay safe everyone. https://t.co/TYed9d0TWM— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) March 12, 2020