ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to Host ‘MLS is Back’ Tournament This Summer .. #WaltDisneyWorld #ESPN #WWoS #MLSisBack #Soccer

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.

Major League Soccer will resume its 25th season with the “MLS is Back” Tournament at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from July 8 to August 11.

Clubs will begin arriving in Orlando as early as June 24 for preseason training. Clubs that can conduct full team training in their markets pursuant to the league’s medical and testing protocols must arrive no later than seven days before their first match.

Each of the 26 MLS clubs will play three group stage matches. After 16 consecutive days of group stage matches, the top two teams from each group along with the four best third-place finishers will move on to the knockout stage.

The knockout stage will include a Round-of-16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and the Championship match will take place on August 11.

The matches will count in the 2020 MLS regular season standings, and the tournament winner will also earn a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.

As the host club, Orlando City SC will be given the top seed in Group A, which will be the six-team group, and will play in the first match on July 8 against Inter Miami CF.

The event, which will be held without spectators in attendance, will be staged with an emphasis on the health and safety of all players, coaches, staff, crew, and cast members. MLS players and staff will follow specific medical protocols, including regular testing, throughout the tournament.

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