"I'm proud to know that we have former players like Marshall Leonard
and Robbie Russell,
who are really at the forefront of this battle who have gone on from MLS to become doctors that
are now literally battling this at the front lines, so we are very proud of people like Robbie and Marshall. We also know that sports plays such an important role in our daily lives, but keeping our
families and players and staff safe is really our primary concern right now."
-- Jeff Agoos
, MLS's senior vice president of competition, reflecting on the league's 25 years, which
began April 6, 1996 with the San Jose-D.C. United game in which he played for the visitors, and on Leonard and Russell, who are on the frontlines in the battle to save lives during the current
pandemic, Leonard as an attending physician in the emergency room at a New York City-area hospital and Russell as an emergency room intern in Virginia.