Remaining MLS Regular Season Games Canceled; MLS Cup Playoffs Will Start September 20
NEW YORK (Thursday, September 13, 2001) - Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today that MLS has canceled all of the league's 10 remaining regular season matches in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. Play will resume with the MLS Cup Playoffs, which are now scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 20, concluding with MLS Cup 2001 at Columbus Crew Stadium on Sunday, October 21.
The league's final regular season standings will be determined on a points-per-game basis. Calculations based on the current standings affect only the position of the seventh-place Kansas City Wizards (now the eighth seed) and the eighth-place Dallas Burn (now the seventh seed).
In observance of the victims and heroes associated with Tuesday's tragic events, all teams involved in the MLS Cup Playoffs will wear Statue of Liberty patches (as a global symbol of freedom) and black armbands on their jerseys. In addition, all MLS Cup Playoff Games will feature a moment of a silence.
None of the league's 12 teams are scheduled to practice tomorrow and all offices will be officially closed in recognition of the tomorrow's national day of prayer.