Five of Wednesday night's MLS Week 7 matches have been postponed in the wake of protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin:
- Inter Miami CF vs. Atlanta United (8 p.m. ET)
- FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids (8:30 p.m. ET)
- Real Salt Lake vs. LAFC (9:30 p.m. ET)
- San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers (10:30 p.m. ET)
- LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders (11:00 p.m. ET)
Major League Soccer issued the following statement:
Major League Soccer has made the decision to postpone the remaining five matches -- Miami-Atlanta, Dallas-Colorado, Real Salt Lake-LAFC, San Jose-Portland, LA Galaxy-Seattle -- scheduled for this evening. Each match will be rescheduled.
The postponements come in the wake of an earlier decision by the NBA to postpone three games on Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court, in response to the Blake shooting and the two killings during the ensuing protests. In addition to MLS and the NBA, several MLB games on Wednesday were also postponed.
Wednesday's Orlando-Nashville game kicked off as scheduled at 7:30 p.m. ET, but every MLS match scheduled to kick off after that one was postponed:
Club and player statements:
We not playing tonight. #EnoughIsEnough— Mark-Anthony Kaye (@MarkThEwizz) August 27, 2020
Proud of sports tonight and all of my guys in MLS. ✊🏿— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) August 27, 2020
Silence is violence. This fight is so much bigger than sports— Jordan Morris (@JmoSmooth13) August 27, 2020
We made a decision together as players and staffs to not play our game tonight because there’s more happening in our country to distract our minds to soccer. This is the first time I can agree to the saying “it’s just a game” #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/bdQs2ZXcKb— KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) August 27, 2020
Soccer is my life, but if boycotting the game tonight brings about an ounce of the much needed change we need right now, it will be worth it. Enough is enough. My thoughts: pic.twitter.com/JMtuVU8lWq— Sacha Kljestan (@SachaKljestan) August 27, 2020
Disturbing times, not in the mood to play. Human rights are bigger than sports— Stefan Frei (@Stefan24Frei) August 27, 2020
Change is needed. #EnoughIsEnough— Christian Dominick Torres (@christiandom9) August 27, 2020
What is happening in the world is much bigger than the game we play.— Mark Delgado (@MarkyDelgado) August 27, 2020
We need change.
We need justice.
We need action.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
We wear BLACK LIVES MATTER. on our shirts for a reason. Not for looks. For change. @BPCMLS— AJ DeLaGarza (@AJD_20) August 27, 2020
Black humans made in the image of God being treated like they are not.... this has to change. Some things are bigger than soccer. https://t.co/kumgAUJHKg— Ryan Hollingshead (@rmhollingshead) August 27, 2020
The PSRA stands in solidarity with the decision by MLS players to boycott tonight's games in protest of the continued unjustified killing of black men and women by law enforcement. There are more important issues in our country than soccer. We hope this will inspire change. pic.twitter.com/H16qUlzNNv— PSRA Officials (@PSRAofficials) August 27, 2020
The time for change is now. pic.twitter.com/ISMLsEjaE9— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) August 27, 2020
Tonight's FC Dallas match vs. Colorado has officially been postponed.— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) August 27, 2020
FC Dallas loves and supports our players. We join them in raising awareness for racial injustice against the Black community. pic.twitter.com/Bak0Lny8QL— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) August 27, 2020
There are things that are more important than competition. pic.twitter.com/TFyQXOluqR— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) August 27, 2020
In solidarity with the players from both teams, tonight's match has been canceled. pic.twitter.com/ryxJhrVTk6— Real Salt Lake (@realsaltlake) August 27, 2020
We stand in solidarity with the players from both teams in the ongoing fight for racial and social justice. pic.twitter.com/xQ1ouXdAYJ— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) August 27, 2020