Entire Eastern Division Is Sitting Out
The Harrisburg Heat of the Major Arena Soccer League announced today that the team will not play the 2020/2021 indoor season in conjunction with the league’s COVID-19 voluntary opt out policy. The Rochester Lancers and Utica City FC made the same announcement today due to the COVID virus and the related restrictions due to the virus. These three teams join the six previous teams in the MASL who opted out earlier this year. The other MASL teams not playing this year include Baltimore, Mesquite, Milwaukee, Monterrey, Sonora and Turlock. With the nine teams opting out this year, there are seven remaining teams that are vying for the 2020/2021 MASL Championship. They include Dallas, Florida, Kansas City, Ontario, St. Louis, San Diego and Tacoma.
Carl Delmont, Owner of the Harrisburg Heat said: “Decisions like these are never easy or taken lightly. We have worked diligently toward finding a path forward which ensures the safety of our players, fans and staff, but with the pandemic coupled with a lack of playing facilities in our division, we feel it is in the best interest of all to opt out and focus our energies on next season as well as toward some exciting things we are working on currently.”
Pat Healey, Heat General Manager and Head Coach, commented “The team is very disappointed, as they were well positioned last year to advance to the MASL playoffs. This year we had our sights set on a MASL championship. Unfortunately, the COVID virus ended our season again. We believe in our team and we look forward to being fully prepared for the 2021/2022 season.”
All fans are encouraged to watch the seven remaining teams play for the 2020/2021 MASL championship. Games can be watched on Facebook Live via pay per view. Information to sign up for the games individually or for the entire season is on the league web site at www.maslsoccer.com.
Contact: Kevin Healey – President of the Harrisburg Heat – 410-491-9940.