Major League Soccer informed their supporters on June 10th that matches would resume by July 8th. Named the MLS is Back Tournament, details regarding the format for this competition was revealed. Teams with notable rivalries are being grouped for three matches with each respective outfit. This will allow for a 54-Game Tournament that’s being held at the Walt Disney World Resorts, ESPN World of Sports Complex. It’ll be held between July 8th to August 11th and support all twenty-six teams’ operations in Major League Soccer. This includes new outfits like Inter Miami FC, who have played a single professional match.
Details regarding the grouping were released on June 11th. The Runner-Up Champs for 2019, Toronto FC, were confirmed for Group C. They’ll compete against the Montreal Impacts. These two outfits have a prolonged rivalry as the two most notable Canadian MLS teams. They’ll also compete against the New England Revolution and D.C. United. This bracket is slated to be the most exciting next to Group B.
Group B is combining the Vancouver Whitecaps, FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders, and San Jose Earthquakes. The Seattle Sounders are the 2019 MLS Champions & are expected to win their bracket. Analysts have similar expectations for Toronto FC in Group C. Both these outfits winning their respective groupings would allow a 3rd Championship Rematch between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders.
Groupings weren’t purposely orchestrated, with MLS drawing each team. Each outfit will play three group matches & all points acquired are sustained with regular-season standings. The two teams that dominate their respective group move to the knockout round, which permits sixteen teams. The knockout round implores an identical format & will award the winning group $1 Million U.S Dollars. After this tournament is completed, Major League Soccer will resume their regular season at each team’s respective city. Details on regular-season scheduling haven’t been identified.
Readers shouldn’t expect the same level of engagement their accustomed to with Major League Soccer. Footballers have been inactive for a prolonged period, with their respective training camps having resumed only last week under specific circumstances. Player drills aren’t supported currently & it’s forcing for the coaching staff to implement unique training regiments. It’ll result in a lesser degree of professional soccer.