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Liga MX shuts down play due to coronavirus

The last major soccer league in the Western Hemisphere has decided not to continue with matches for now

Players of Tigres warm up in an empty stadium prior to the 10th round match between Tigres UANL and FC Juarez as part of the Torneo Clausura 2020 Liga MX at Universitario Stadium on March 14, 2020 in Monterrey, Mexico. The match is played behind closed doors to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images

Despite the efforts of Mexican Football Federation, after tonight’s match between Club America and Cruz Azul, Liga MX will be suspended for the balance of the 2020 season. Mexican soccer played on Friday night in front of fans, on Saturday in front of empty stadia, and on Sunday will finally shut down the league after 10 matches per team in the 18-match schedule of the Clausura 2020.

The measure announced today will remain in place until further notice and the resumption of play will be decided in co-ordination with the federal government’s health secretariat,” Liga MX said in a statement.

The league was one of the last places for fans to make a sports bet on anything in a major athletics competition anywhere in the world. They join basically every other sporting entity on earth in shutting down due to the pandemic, which means you’ll probably see plenty of action on tonight’s match with kickoff scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET. Here are the current odds at DraftKings Sportsbook:

Club America: +170
Tie: +220
Cruz Azul: +163

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