The MLS has initiated discussions with the MLS Players' Associations about signifiant salary cuts due to COVID-19.

The talks took place on Thursday via a conference call that included MLS commissioner Don Garber, deputy commissioner Mark Abbott, and the MLSPA executive board.

Speaking to ESPN on Friday, Abbott confirmed some of the broader details, saying: "MLS remains focused on exploring a wide variety of formats for playing the entire 2020 season, including pushing back MLS Cup into December or later. Based on the most recent government guidance, we have extended the moratorium on matches until at least June 8.

"Like all leagues, we are in discussion with our players about changes to player compensation due to the financial impact on the league and our clubs from the COVID-19 crisis. We are seeking to work collaboratively with the MLSPA to find a solution that provides a safety net for all players, opportunity to earn full salary in the scenario where all matches are played with fans, and in particular provides protection for the players at the lower end of the salary scale."