Major League Soccer has moved back the start of the 2021 season for the entire league to April 17 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the official date was set for April 3, Austin FC was not expected to play in its new Q2 Stadium until early June, so the move may not affect home gameplay.
The move comes after the MLS narrowly avoided a league lockout and finalized a compromise with the MLS Player's Association on Monday. Before Friday, Feb. 5, the league had threatened to halt the season entirely due to issues with the collective bargaining agreement.
Austin FC and the MLS have yet to announce their official schedule, and the league has not disclosed training camp start dates.
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More vaccines could be headed to Austin as FDA greenlights single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine
This story was updated Monday to include that the vaccine received official approval by the FDA this weekend.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine that is to be shipped out this month, increasing the number of vaccines available.
In a virtual meeting on Friday, the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee unanimously approved of the U.S.'s third available COVID-19 vaccine, which was officially approved on Saturday. Federal officials say 4 million doses will go out nationally this week, with an expected 20 million doses to be available by the end of March. The Texas Department of State Health Services has said it expects to receive about 200,000 doses, but has not released a timeline of when doses will be shipped and available.