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

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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.


  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 AGroup CGroup E
Orlando CityTorontoAtlanta United
Inter MiamiNew England RevolutionCincinnati
New York CityMontreal ImpactNew York Red Bull
Philadelphia UnionD.C. UnitedColumbus Crew

Western Conference

Group BGroup DGroup F
Seattle SoundersReal Salt LakeLos Angeles FC
Chicago FireSporting Kansas CityLA Galaxy
Vancouver WhitecapsColorado RapidsHouston Dynamo
San Jose EarthquakesMinnesota UnitedPortland 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 stageDate(s)
Group stageJuly 8 - 23
Round of 16July 25 - 28
Quarter-finalsJuly 30 / August 1
Semi-finalsAugust 5 / 6
FinalAugust 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

DateMatchKick-off time (US ET)TV Channel
July 8Orlando City 2-1 Inter Miami8pmESPN
July 8Chicago Fire 2-1 Seattle Sounders9amESPN
July 9New York City 0-1 Philadelphia Union9amESPN
July 9Montreal Impact 0-1 New England Revolution8pmTUDN
July 10Seattle Sounders 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes10:30pmESPN
July 11Atlanta United 0-1 New York Red Bulls8pmFOX / TUDN
July 11FC Cincinnati 0-4 Columbus Crew10:30pmFS1 / TUDN
July 12Sporting Kansas City 1-2 Minnesota United8pmESPN
July 12Real Salt Lake 2-0 Colorado Rapids10:30pmESPN
July 13Toronto 2-2 DC United9amESPN
July 13Los Angeles FC 3-3 Houston Dynamo8pmFS1 / TUDN
July 13LA Galaxy 1-2 Portland Timbers10:30pmFS1 / TUDN
July 14Philadelphia Union 2-1 Inter Miami10:30pmTUDN
July 14Orlando City 3-1 New York City10:30pmTUDN
July 15Vancouver Whitecaps 3-4 San Jose Earthquakes9pmTUDN
July 16Montreal Impact 3-4 Toronto8pmTUDN
July 16Atlanta United 0-1 FC Cincinnati9amESPN
July 16Columbus Crew 2-0 New York Red Bulls10:30pmFS1 / TUDN
July 17DC United 1-1 New England Revolution8pmFS1 / TUDN
July 17Sporting Kansas City 3-2 Colorado Rapids8pmESPN
July 17Real Salt Lake 0-0 Minnesota United10:30pmESPN
July 18Portland Timbers 2-1 Houston Dynamo8pmESPN 2
July 18Los Angeles FC 6-2 LA Galaxy10:30pmESPN
July 19Chicago Fire 0-2 San Jose Earthquakes8pmFS1 / TUDN
July 19Seattle Sounders 3-0 Vancouver Whitecaps10:30pmTUDN
July 20Inter Miami 0-1 New York City9amESPN
July 20Philadelphia Union 1-1 Orlando City8pmESPN / TUDN
July 21Toronto 0-0 New England Revolution9amESPN Deportes
July 21Atlanta United 0-1 Columbus Crew8pmESPN 2 / TUDN
July 21Montreal Impact 1-0 DC United10:30pmESPN 2 / TUDN
July 22Real Salt Lake 0-2 Sporting Kansas City9amESPN
July 22Cincinnati 2-0 New York Red Bulls8pmESPN
July 22Colorado Rapids 2-2 Minnesota United10:30pmESPN
July 23Chicago Fire 0-2 Vancouver Whitecaps9amESPN
July 23LA Galaxy 1-1 Houston Dynamo8pmFS1 / TUDN
July 23Los Angeles FC 2-2 Portland Timbers10:30pmESPN 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.

DateMatchKick-off time (US ET)TV Channel
July 25Orlando City 1-0 Montreal Impact8pmESPN 2 / ESPN Deportes
July 25Philadelphia Union 1-0 New England Revolution10:30pmESPN 2 / ESPN Deportes
July 26Toronto 1-3 New York City8:30pmFS1
July 26Sporting Kansas City 0-0 (3-1P) Vancouver Whitecaps11pmFS1 / TUDN
July 27San Jose Earthquakes 5-2 Real Salt Lake8:30pmFS1 / FOX Deportes
July 27Seattle Sounders 1-4 Los Angeles FC11pmFS1 / TUDN
July 28Columbus Crew 1-1 (3-5P) Minnesota United8pmESPN / ESPN Deportes
July 28Portland Timbers 1-1 (4-2P) FC Cincinnati10:30pmESPN / ESPN Deportes
July 30Philadelphia Union 3-1 Sporting Kansas City8pmESPN / ESPN Deportes
July 31Orlando City 1-1 (5-4P) Los Angeles FC8:30pmFS1 / TUDN / FOX Deportes
August 1San Jose Earthquakes 1-4 Minnesota United8pmESPN 2 / ESPN Deportes
August 1New York City 1-3 Portland Timbers10:30pmFS1 / TUDN / FOX Deportes
August 5Philadelphia Union 1-2 Portland Timbers8pmFS1 / TUDN / FOX Deportes
August 6Orlando City 3-1 Minnesota United8pmESPN 2 / ESPN Deportes
August 11Portland Timbers 2-1 Orlando City8:30pmESPN / 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.