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MLS is Back: Orlando tournament schedule, teams & how to watch or stream on TV

10:30 AM IST 12/08/20
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Everything you need to know about the MLS restart, including teams involved, when games are played and how to watch

Major League Soccer resumed in July in an innovative fashion, opting for a unique tournament approach in order to continue the 2020 season.

Having suspended games in March, soccer in North America will be back in an exciting form with matches set to be played across one month in Florida.

Goal brings you everything you need to know about the 'MLS is Back' tournament.

Contents

  1. What is the 'MLS is Back' tournament?
  2. When does the MLS is Back tournament start?
  3. What is the MLS is Back tournament schedule?
    1. ​MLS is Back tournament group stage fixtures
    2. MLS is Back tournament knock-out stage fixtures
  4. Where will the MLS is Back tournament take place?
  5. How can I watch & stream the MLS is Back tournament?

What is the MLS is Back tournament?

The MLS is Back tournament is a condensed approach to continuing the 2020 regular season.

All 26 MLS teams were set compete in the tournament, but FC Dallas and Nashville withdrew after a number of their players tested positive for coronavirus.

The top two teams from each of the six groups as well as the four best third-placed teams will progress to the last 16.

Group matches go towards the regular season standings and winner of the MLS is Back tournament will earn a place in the Concacaf Champions League, as well as a share of a $1.1 million (£880k) prize fund.

Once the tournament is over, MLS plans to continue the regular season "with a revised schedule in home markets" and complete the MLS Cup playoffs and final.

The groups for the MLS is Back tournament were as follows:

Eastern Conference

Group A Group C Group E
Orlando City Toronto Atlanta United
Inter Miami New England Revolution Cincinnati
New York City Montreal Impact New York Red Bull
Philadelphia Union D.C. United Columbus Crew

Western Conference

Group B Group D Group F
Seattle Sounders Real Salt Lake Los Angeles FC
Chicago Fire Sporting Kansas City LA Galaxy
Vancouver Whitecaps Colorado Rapids Houston Dynamo
San Jose Earthquakes Minnesota United Portland Timbers

When does the MLS is Back tournament start?

The MLS is Back tournament began on July 8 and it will conclude just over a month later with the final, which will be played on August 11.

What is the MLS is Back tournament schedule?

Tournament stage Date(s)
Group stage July 8 - 23
Round of 16 July 25 - 28
Quarter-finals July 30 / August 1
Semi-finals August 5 / 6
Final August 11

The group stage began on July 8 and runs until July 23 with the round of 16 kicking off soon afterwards on July 25, running until July 28.

The quarter-final matches will be played on July 30 / August 1, while the semi-finals are scheduled for August 5 / 6. The final will take place on August 11.

MLS is Back tournament group-stage fixtures

Date Match Kick-off time (US ET) TV Channel
July 8 Orlando City 2-1 Inter Miami 8pm ESPN
July 8 Chicago Fire 2-1 Seattle Sounders 9am ESPN
July 9 New York City 0-1 Philadelphia Union 9am ESPN
July 9 Montreal Impact 0-1 New England Revolution 8pm TUDN
July 10 Seattle Sounders 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes 10:30pm ESPN
July 11 Atlanta United 0-1 New York Red Bulls 8pm FOX / TUDN
July 11 FC Cincinnati 0-4 Columbus Crew 10:30pm FS1 / TUDN
July 12 Sporting Kansas City 1-2 Minnesota United 8pm ESPN
July 12 Real Salt Lake 2-0 Colorado Rapids 10:30pm ESPN
July 13 Toronto 2-2 DC United 9am ESPN
July 13 Los Angeles FC 3-3 Houston Dynamo 8pm FS1 / TUDN
July 13 LA Galaxy 1-2 Portland Timbers 10:30pm FS1 / TUDN
July 14 Philadelphia Union 2-1 Inter Miami 10:30pm TUDN
July 14 Orlando City 3-1 New York City 10:30pm TUDN
July 15 Vancouver Whitecaps 3-4 San Jose Earthquakes 9pm TUDN
July 16 Montreal Impact 3-4 Toronto 8pm TUDN
July 16 Atlanta United 0-1 FC Cincinnati 9am ESPN
July 16 Columbus Crew 2-0 New York Red Bulls 10:30pm FS1 / TUDN
July 17 DC United 1-1 New England Revolution 8pm FS1 / TUDN
July 17 Sporting Kansas City 3-2 Colorado Rapids 8pm ESPN
July 17 Real Salt Lake 0-0 Minnesota United 10:30pm ESPN
July 18 Portland Timbers 2-1 Houston Dynamo 8pm ESPN 2
July 18 Los Angeles FC 6-2 LA Galaxy 10:30pm ESPN
July 19 Chicago Fire 0-2 San Jose Earthquakes 8pm FS1 / TUDN
July 19 Seattle Sounders 3-0 Vancouver Whitecaps 10:30pm TUDN
July 20 Inter Miami 0-1 New York City 9am ESPN
July 20 Philadelphia Union 1-1 Orlando City 8pm ESPN / TUDN
July 21 Toronto 0-0 New England Revolution 9am ESPN Deportes
July 21 Atlanta United 0-1 Columbus Crew 8pm ESPN 2 / TUDN
July 21 Montreal Impact 1-0 DC United 10:30pm ESPN 2 / TUDN
July 22 Real Salt Lake 0-2 Sporting Kansas City 9am ESPN
July 22 Cincinnati 2-0 New York Red Bulls 8pm ESPN
July 22 Colorado Rapids 2-2 Minnesota United 10:30pm ESPN
July 23 Chicago Fire 0-2 Vancouver Whitecaps 9am ESPN
July 23 LA Galaxy 1-1 Houston Dynamo 8pm FS1 / TUDN
July 23 Los Angeles FC 2-2 Portland Timbers 10:30pm ESPN 2

MLS is Back tournament knock-out stage fixtures

Orlando City and Philadelphia Union topped Group A, with San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders progressing as the top two in Group B. Toronto and New England qualified from Group C, Sporting Kansas City and Minnesote United advanced from Group D, with Columbus Crew and FC Cincinnati getting out of Group E. Portland Timbers and Los Angeles FC topped Group F.

The best-placed third-place teams to advance to the knockout stage were: Real Salt Lake, Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps and New York City.

You can see the fixture dates below.

Date Match Kick-off time (US ET) TV Channel
July 25 Orlando City 1-0 Montreal Impact 8pm ESPN 2 / ESPN Deportes
July 25 Philadelphia Union 1-0 New England Revolution 10:30pm ESPN 2 / ESPN Deportes
July 26 Toronto 1-3 New York City 8:30pm FS1
July 26 Sporting Kansas City 0-0 (3-1P) Vancouver Whitecaps 11pm FS1 / TUDN
July 27 San Jose Earthquakes 5-2 Real Salt Lake 8:30pm FS1 / FOX Deportes
July 27 Seattle Sounders 1-4 Los Angeles FC 11pm FS1 / TUDN
July 28 Columbus Crew 1-1 (3-5P) Minnesota United 8pm ESPN / ESPN Deportes
July 28 Portland Timbers 1-1 (4-2P) FC Cincinnati 10:30pm ESPN / ESPN Deportes
July 30 Philadelphia Union 3-1 Sporting Kansas City 8pm ESPN / ESPN Deportes
July 31 Orlando City 1-1 (5-4P) Los Angeles FC 8:30pm FS1 / TUDN / FOX Deportes
August 1 San Jose Earthquakes 1-4 Minnesota United 8pm ESPN 2 / ESPN Deportes
August 1 New York City 1-3 Portland Timbers 10:30pm FS1 / TUDN / FOX Deportes
August 5 Philadelphia Union 1-2 Portland Timbers 8pm FS1 / TUDN / FOX Deportes
August 6 Orlando City 3-1 Minnesota United 8pm ESPN 2 / ESPN Deportes
August 11 Portland Timbers 2-1 Orlando City 8:30pm ESPN / ESPN Deportes

Where will the MLS is Back tournament take place?

All MLS is Back tournament games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at the Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The Wide World of Sports complex boasts a number of multi-use sports venues, including the Marathon Sports Fields, which hosted Orlando City (then a USL Pro team) in 2014

How can I watch or stream the MLS is Back tournament?

ESPN, Univision, TUDN and UniMas hold the rights to broadcast MLS games in the United States (U.S.).

In the United Kingdom (UK), MLS games can be watched live on Sky Sports and Premier Sports or FreeSports.

According to MLS, broadcasts will feature "unique and experimental technologies" including "advanced audio and fan integration elements" to allow the supporters to engage with games despite public health-enforced limitations.