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Seattle Sounders postpone their game against Dallas FC

The Major League Soccer current champions announced this Wednesday that their week 3 game against Dallas will be postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Seattle Sounders decided to postpone their game against Dallas FC

Seattle Sounders has released a statement this Wednesday confirming that the game against Dallas F.C. due to be played at Centurylink Field on March 21 will be postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

This also comes a day after Washington governor Jay Inslee announced the state government would restrict gatherings of more than 250 people in Snohomish, Pierce and King counties, where CenturyLink Field is located.

“As the developments surrounding COVID-19 in our region evolve, Seattle Sounders FC has been working in real time with regional health authorities and government officials to do our part in combating this public health crisis,” the Sounders said in a statement.

Our organization must remain flexible in these efforts, and at this time, that includes heeding Governor Inslee’s call to postpone our home match on March 21 versus FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field. Seattle Sounders fans display tifos celebrating their 2019 MLS Cup championship prior to a match against the Chicago Fire at CenturyLink Field on March 01, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Abbie Parr/Getty Images) Seattle Sounders FC have postponed their March 21 game against FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field to an unspecified later date."

The club cited the rise of COVID-19, also known coronavirus, as the reason for the postponement in a prepared press release Wednesday afternoon. 

“As the developments surrounding COVID-19 in our region evolve, Seattle Sounders FC has been working in real time with regional health authorities and government officials to do our part in combating this public health crisis,” the Sounders said in a statement. “Our organization must remain flexible in these efforts, and at this time, that includes heeding Governor Inslee’s call to postpone our home match on March 21 versus FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field," it said. 

Throughout this process, Sounders FC has stated that nothing is more important than public safety and the well being of our fans. With that in mind, we respect the difficult decision that has been made today, and our club will continue following the guidelines set forth by our public health authorities and government agencies.

“We will maintain our consistent dialogue with elected leadership, public health officials and Major League Soccer, and as more information becomes available, the club will continue to provide public updates. This includes details about rescheduling the FC Dallas match for a later date.”

FC Dallas supports the decision

In a seperate statment, FC Dallas said it respected the decision.

“We respect the decision made by the governor of Washington and Seattle Sounders FC. It is the best decision to postpone the game from week 4 at Centurylink Field and we will figure out later when is the best time to reschedule this match.”