The MLS returns!
The Major League Soccer resumed its 2020 season yesterday after being suspended for almost four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the season having barely started, each team managed to play only two matches.
On July 8, a match between Orlando City and Inter Miami (2-1) started the 'MLS is Back Tournament,' a new format that will make up for the long pause on the season.
The cup style competition will take place here in Orlando, at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and will consist of 51 matches in the span of 26 days, ending on Aug. 11.
For the tournament, the 25 competing teams were split into six groups, which are also divided between the Eastern and the Western Conference, with the two or three teams advancing to the round of 16, also called the 'Knockout Stage'. The next three highest-ranked teams in the group stage based on points total advance to Round of 16.
The matches will follow the set practices of having up to 5 substitutions per match and video reviews for all games, and since the public is not allowed to attend the games just yet, all of the matches will be televised.
In addition to prize money and point counting toward the regular season positions, the winner of the tournament will earn a spot in next year's Concacaf Champions League.