HEARTLAND DIVISION TO UNDERGO CHANGES FOR 2020 LEAGUE TWO SEASON
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic across our country, there have been so many uncertainties, and unknowns, all of this has affected our USL TWO Season, which was scheduled to kick-off May 14. With the current lockdown in our local communities the potential of an extension of these restrictions, and a slow return to normal times, we cannot give an exact date of our return to the pitch. These impacts are also varied across the different States, and so, makes it even more challenging to predict a return to play date.
Therefore, we are announcing today that our season will not proceed as originally scheduled. “This was an extremely difficult decision to make, but with so many unknowns, we understand that the safety and sustainability of our member clubs must continue to be our top priority. While we recognize that circumstances may change throughout the summer, we remain committed to supporting our member clubs in any way possible and look forward to welcoming them back even stronger in 2021”, said USL League Two Vice President Joel Nash
However, having said this, the St. Louis Lions are committed and willing to participate in a potential non official league with four other teams in the Heartland Division to play meaningful games. All this is predicated on the CDC and our Local authorities’ permission to return in a safe environment.
Chicago FC United, the Des Moines Menace, the Green Bay Voyageurs, Kaw Valley FC, and the St. Louis Lions will continue to work with the league in exploring modified competition formats that would allow for some matches to be played this summer. At the same time, Peoria City – which was scheduled to join League Two for the 2020 season – has elected to push back its official on-field arrival until the 2021 season. The two Canadian clubs that compete in the division – the Thunder Bay Chill and FC Manitoba – will also be absent from any potential matches this year with travel restrictions likely to complicate cross-border competition.
The St. Louis Lions goal is to provide opportunities for its players to participate in a highly competitive environment while preparing them to play at a higher level. We will continue to work with the four other teams in our division to attempt to schedule games in June and July if possible.
Please visit our website, www.stlions.com, for updates. As always, we thank you for your continued support of the St. Louis Lions.