MLS is Back Tournament releases group-stage matchups ahead of July 8 start

Major League Soccer announced details of the schedule and group-stage matchups for the MLS is Back Tournament, which is set to kick off in Orlando on July 8. The league also announced a modification to the competition format.

The league suspended play in early March after just two rounds of games in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but announced plans on June 10 for all 26 MLS teams to participate in the competition at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex just outside Orlando, Florida. (ESPN is owned by The Walt Disney Company.)

The tournament will consist of a group stage with each team playing three matches, followed by a knockout stage. The competition format will still see 16 teams advance to the knockout round, but now Group A, which contains six teams, will have three teams advance instead of the originally proposed two. The top two teams from the remaining five groups will also advance, as will the three best teams outside of the automatic qualification spots. The final will be played Aug. 11.

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