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MLS clubs stage Twitter contest after matches called off

(AFP)

Coronavirus concerns kept the Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids from playing Major League Soccer matches, but they still found a way to safely compete this weekend thanks to Twitter.

The social media accounts for the teams traded messages late Saturday in a game of Connect Four, which the Whitecaps won after 19 moves.

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Videos of the US and Canadian national anthems were tweeted out before the contest began and after the victory, the Whitecaps even sent out a challenge to an English side that won a similar contest earlier Saturday.

The Whitecaps tweeted a link to English club Hull City’s triumphant thread against German side Bayer Leverkusen with a trans-Atlantic challenge: “we got next. #VANvHUL.”

Hull needed 41 moves to subdue Leverkusen.

Each thread drew match-hungry supporters with messages of support as the dramas played out online, offering competition while practicing safety in terms of not spreading the deadly virus.

On Thursday, MLS announced a 30-day suspension of its season due to the fears around COVID-19.

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