Major League Soccer released details for their MLS is Back Tournament starting July 8 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
The tournament had been rumored and reported for months. All 26 teams are invited. All matches played in Orlando.
MLS is Back will be similar to the World Cup in a few ways. There will be a pre-tournament drawing for groups and a group stage will be played followed by the knockout stage. The winner of the tournament will earn a spot in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League.
Overall, the tournament is scheduled to run July 8 through Aug. 11 with the format running as Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship. Each team is guaranteed three matches (full details below).
The regular season will begin after the tournament, and MLS says the schedule will “be developed at a later date”.
The MLS Press Release also notes a prize pool for players: “…the MLS is Back Tournament will give players the opportunity to earn additional bonuses as part of a $1.1 million prize pool.”
MLS also put together a massive protocol list for the tournament, which you can check out here.
Group stage games will count for points toward the 2020 regular season. Other group state details include:
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