CONFIRMED: MLS is Back with ‘MLS is Back Tournament’ at Walt Disney World
It’s official! Major League Soccer (MLS) is back with the “MLS is Back Tournament.!” And, will be restarting their season with a tournament at Walt Disney World!
It’s good to be back. ⚽
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 10, 2020
The “MLS is Back Tournament” will feature all 26 MLS clubs with all matches being held at Walt Disney World. Matches will begin on July 8 with the tournament wrapping up on August 11. A total of 54 matches will take place with matches held about every day. The format of the tournament will look like this:
- Group stage followed by knockout rounds
- Group stage counts toward regular season
- Winner earns 2021 Concacaf Champions League spot
- Pre-tournament draw to assign groups
- Regular season to continue after tournament
The schedule of matches for the tournament will be :
- July 8: Group Stage begins
- July 25-28: Round of 16
- July 30-August 1: Quarterfinals
- August 5-6: Semifinals
- August 11: Final
All matches in the “MLS is Back Tournament” will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. No fans will be permitted into the matches to protect the health and safety of all players, coaches, staff, crew, and Cast Members. All involved will follow detailed medical guidelines, including regular testing, for the duration of the tournament.
“The opportunity to have all 26 clubs in a controlled environment enables us to help protect the health of our players, coaches and staff as we return to play. We also recognize that the death of George Floyd and others has focused our country on issues of racial injustice, inequality and violence against black men and women. Together with our owners, players and staff, the League and its Clubs are deeply committed to creating meaningful and impactful programs to address these issues that have plagued our society for far too long.”
— MLS Commissioner Don Garber
So, which club will you be cheering for during the “MLS is Back Tournament?” Let us know in the comments below! Go, Atlanta United!
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