After extensive talks between USL League Two and league membership, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 USL League Two season. Teams within the South Atlantic Division and across the country are each facing unique challenges beyond the world of soccer, which is why at this time the league believes that it is best not to move forward with this season.
“We are so sad that the season has been cancelled, but we also understand the safety of all players, coaches, and fans.” says Co-Owner and Head Coach David Strickland, “I do want to thank our staff for their tireless work to prepare for the 2020 season. The quality of the team this year appeared to be the best lot of players we have ever had…I do believe we would have been special. We will be back in 2021, and we will be building relationships in our community to unite and grow stronger. The Otters are so thankful to be in this community!”
The Otters ownership are fully committed to fielding a team in 2021 and re-assembling a team as competitive as the one recruited for this summer. Work is already underway to prepare for next season.
All other events planned for this summer, including the Otters June Youth Camp have been cancelled at this time. Any updates regarding scheduling and events will be posted on the Otters social media pages.
“We are just as disappointed as everyone else to see the 2020 season come to an end this way,” says GM Lucas Christiansen, “This was the most talented roster we had ever brought to Johnson City and think they would have challenged for a division title. We hope we can still have a majority of them represent the Otters in 2021 and play in front of the most dedicated fans in USL League Two!”
USL League Two Vice President Joel Nash on the decision: “The momentum our clubs have built in League Two across the country in recent years has been tremendous, and today’s announcement — while disappointing — will do nothing to alter that. We will continue to support soccer being played when and where possible in 2020 and use this time to get even stronger as a league and look forward to returning to competitive action better than ever before in 2021.”
All questions or concerns can be directed to Lucas Christiansen at Lucas@ottersoccer.com
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