MLS returns after players' strike forced 5 postponements
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Major League Soccer resumed play Friday evening after a strike by its players forced the postponement of five midweek matches.

"On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Major League Soccer players stood in solidarity with athletes across North America as MLS matches were postponed in recognition of the struggle for racial inequality and human rights. The league, its clubs, owners, and staff supported this effort and the goal of bringing recognition to these important issues," the MLS statement read.

The league added: "The Black Players for Change are scheduled to meet with MLS owners, as the players and the league continue working together to create long-term change both inside and outside of MLS."

Atlanta United and Inter Miami walked off ahead of their game Wednesday, following the lead of the Milwaukee Bucks prior to their NBA playoff showdown with the Orlando Magic earlier in the day. Eight other MLS teams slated to play later that night then joined the protests sparked by Sunday's police shooting of Jacob Blake - a Black man - in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The first of Wednesday's six matches - Orlando City's visit from Nashville SC - was already underway when Atlanta and Inter Miami effectively started the MLS players' strike. The fixture was completed.

An all-Canadian clash between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC marked the league's return.

MLS returns after players' strike forced 5 postponements
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