EUGENE, Ore. - USL2 Northwest Division announced today they would forego participation in the 2020 season. Read the following letter from the USL2 Northwest Division:
Dear Northwest Division communities,
These are unprecedented times as the world faces a challenging COVID-19 health crisis. And while the issues at hand are about much more than sport, as supporters of our clubs we want to share with you our appreciation for the patience you have shown as we worked closely with league officials as well as local, state, and national health authorities to understand the impact of this global pandemic on our upcoming season.
After careful thought and consideration, it was determined that the challenges of our division being spread over multiple states and provinces across two countries, coupled with the existing health crises, were too great of a risk to our long-term sustainability, and we have therefore made the difficult decision to forego our participation in the 2020 USL League Two season.
“We absolutely support the Northwest Division’s decision,” said USL Vice President Joel Nash. “At the end of the day, it was about much more than soccer and we look forward to welcoming them back even stronger in 2021.”
Every member club in the Northwest has worked tirelessly to provide the highest level of soccer possible to all of our communities in thrilling, family-friendly environments, each with their own local flavor. However, given the fluidity of the situation and the uncertainty presented to us, we felt the decision was necessary for the greater good of all involved. While we are bitterly disappointed about this turn of events, especially for the fans, players, and our supportive Northwest communities, we also vow to come back better than ever in 2021.
In the meantime, all six Northwest Division clubs encourage everyone within our respective communities to be kind to one another, to look after those in need, and to encourage social distancing as much as possible. As clubs, we will continue to stay active and engaged in our communities off the pitch, and welcome any and all support in those endeavors. Only together can we get through these trying times and come out stronger for it. We will get through this together.
"It is hard to see the efforts of our coaches, players, staff, and volunteers not come to fruition," stated Timbers U23 Executive Director, Collin Box. "Though these are sad times for our sporting world, we will wait with even more anticipation for the day we will be able to take the field again."
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