MLS SETS JULY 8 RE­TURN DATE

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - Steve Buffery

The Ma­jor League Soc­cer “MLS is Back Tour­na­ment” will be­gin on July 8 at Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort in Florida and will run un­til Au­gust 11. The 54-match, World Cup-style tour­na­ment will in­clude all 26 MLS clubs and will start with a group stage part of the tour­na­ment, fol­lowed by knock­out rounds. The group stage will count to­ward reg­u­lar sea­son re­sults. The win­ner of the tour­na­ment earns a 2021 CONCACAF Cham­pi­ons

League spot. There will be a pre-tour­na­ment draw to as­sign groups and the MLS reg­u­lar sea­son — the league’s 25th — will con­tinue af­ter­ward. As ex­pected, there will be no spec­ta­tors at the games, which will be mostly held in the even­ing and tele­vised. MLS teams played two reg­u­lar sea­son games be­fore the league sus­pended play on March 12 be­cause of the COVID-19 out­break.

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