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Napa Valley 1839 FC's Ivan Sakou, right, battles a Project 510 player for the ball at Justin-Siena's Dodd Stadium on March 8. Sakou scored in 1839 FC's 2-1 loss.

Soccer season is halted after 2 games

By Napa Valley Register, 03/27/20, 12:00PM PDT


Season officially comes to an end due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Napa Valley 1839 FC’s third season has officially come to an end after just two games.

On Thursday, the Board of Directors of the National Premier Soccer League, the governing body for 1839 FC and 93 other low-level professional soccer teams around the country, voted unanimously to end the 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a release, NPSL Chairman of the Board Kenneth Farrell said the decision stemmed from two primary factors.

“On March 23, the United States Adult Soccer Association extended its ban on soccer activity until April 30, and the CDC last week has recommended there be no group activities for eight weeks, which coordinates to May 10,” Farrell said in the statement. “Given these circumstances, the 2020 NPSL summer season, under its current competition structure, has been cancelled.”

“This action was not taken lightly,” he continued. “Over the past few weeks, the league has spoken to many of its teams and affiliate organizations. Every situation is different and has its own set of circumstances. The NPSL is balancing the immediate needs of its teams, and ensuring that there is a successful, thriving league for years to come.”

Napa Valley 1839 FC, which plays in the seven-team Golden Gate Conference, officially ends its season with a 1-1 record.

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