UTICA — The Major Arena Soccer League season may start as soon as New Year’s Eve, the league announced following a vote by the board of directors. The season would run through April 18, with a playoff format announced at a later date. Utica City FC announced its hope to be able to join other teams as part of the modified league in 2021. While some states are allowing teams to play with fans in the stands, New York State is not permitting live sporting events to take place at the Utica Aud, even without fans. Utica City FC is awaiting further guidance from the state to be able to formulate a plan that will allow fans to safely attend games at the Aud.
“We are excited to hear that the MASL plans to move forward with the 2020-21 season,” said UCFC general manager Tommy Tanner. “I know that our players and coaches are eager to get back on the field, and we look forward to working with New York State to hopefully re-open safely and participate in the 2021 season.”