MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, May 18, 2020
As European soccer leagues and national associations try to decide how to proceed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Belgium has decided to end its season and hand the title to Club Brugge.
This means that Colorado native Ethan Horvath has won his second crown with the Blue-Blacks of Brugge; the first one coming in the 2017-2018 season where he made 15 appearances as he eventually made the starting job between the sticks his own. This season however, after starting the first two games, Club signed Simon Mignolet from Liverpool FC and the Belgian international has kept the American on the bench ever since his arrival last August.
Before the season ended due to the pandemic that has seen Belgium as one of the most affected European countries, there was just one more game to be played before the Pro League would take a short recess and then head into the play-offs. Club had a 15-point lead over second place KAA Gent. In the play-offs, the top six teams would have entered one group and played each other home and away. Their season points tally would have also been cut in half. As it stood, Horvath's team would have started with an eight-point advantage, so over 10 games, the title was not a foregone conclusion.
Club were also scheduled to meet Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Cup final in March. Nothing has been decided yet however when this much anticipated clash will take place.