MLS schedule for Orlando tournament; How to watch

MLS schedule, how to watch Orlando
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Here is your MLS schedule for the Orlando tournament in July with details on how to watch the action, as well as full details for their ‘MLS is Back’ tournament in Orlando in July, with all 26 teams taking part at the Wide World of Sports complex at the Disney resort.

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The tournament will kick off on July 8 with a group stage, then the Round of 16 will take place on July 25-28, the quarterfinals on July 30-August 1, semifinals on August 5-6 and the final on August 11.

Check out the MLS schedule for the Orlando tournament in full below, with MLS how to watch details too as this competition will see MLS return after four months off.

Essentially, this is a World Cup tournament between the 26 MLS teams, as the league also revealed that the regular season would continue at home MLS stadiums after the tournament as strict protocols to deal with the coronavirus pandemic will be in place.

Here are some key details on the “MLS is back” tournament and how to watch MLS, as how teams perform will be rewarded with CCL spots, prize money and more:

  • All 26 MLS clubs participating; all matches in Orlando
  • Group stage followed by knockout rounds
  • Group stage games which end in a draw will have penalty shootout
  • Teams will play a minimum of three games, maximum of seven
  • Each of the 39 group-stage games will count for points toward the 2020 regular-season standings
  • Winner earns 2021 CONCACAF Champions League spot
  • Players can earn additional bonuses as part of a $1.1 million prize pool
  • Pre-tournament draw to assign groups
  • Regular season continues after tournament

MLS commissioner Don Garber also revealed that the league will honor George Floyd and they are deeply committed to addressing issues of racial injustice, violence against the black community and inequality.

“The opportunity to have all 26 clubs in a controlled environment enables us to help protect the health of our players, coaches and staff as we return to play,” Garber said. “We also recognize that the death of George Floyd and others has focused our country on issues of racial injustice, inequality and violence against black men and women. Together with our owners, players and staff, the League and its Clubs are deeply committed to creating meaningful and impactful programs to address these issues that have plagued our society for far too long.”

The 26 MLS teams will be split into six groups, with Orlando City, Atlanta United, Los Angeles Football Club, Seattle Sounders FC, Toronto FC and Real Salt Lake listed as top seeds (the four MLS Cup semifinalists from last season, plus hosts Orlando City and RSL where the next-highest points finisher from last season). Nashville will be moved into the Eastern Conference for the remainder of the 2020 season to make this format possible.

Here are some more details on dates and specifics for the tournament, with how to watch the MLS games as the draw for the group stage and bracket is above and the MLS schedule in Orlando is below in full.

MLS tournament details

  • June 24: Teams begin arriving in Florida
  • July 8: MLS is Back Tournament group stage begins
  • July 25-28: Round of 16 begins
  • July 30- Aug. 1: Tournament Quarterfinals
  • August 5-6: Tournament Semifinals
  • August 11: MLS is Back Tournament Final
  • Tournament date: July 8 – August 11
  • 54 matches (39 group stage; 15 knockout round)
  • 26 matchdays
  • Format: Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Championship
  • Minimum Matches: Three per club
  • Maximum Matches: Seven per finalist
  • The 26 teams will be split into six groups.
  • The Eastern Conference will have three groups, one of six teams and two with four teams each.
  • The Western Conference will have three groups, each consisting of four teams.
  • Each team will play three group stage matches over the course of 16 consecutive days.
  • The top two teams from each group along with the four best third-place finishers will move on to the knockout stage, beginning with the Round of 16.
  • If two or more clubs are tied on points in the group stage, MLS regular season tiebreaking procedures are used.
  • The tiebreakers for determining the four 3rd-placed clubs are: (1) points, (2) goal differential, (3) goals scored, (4) fewest disciplinary points.

MLS schedule Orlando tournament

Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
8:00 PM ET Orlando City SC Inter Miami CF Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Nashville SC Chicago Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Thursday, 9 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
9:00 AM ET New York City FC Philadelphia Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
8:00 PM ET Montreal New England Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET FC Dallas Vancouver Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Friday, 10 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
8:00 PM ET Toronto FC D.C. Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Seattle San Jose Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
8:00 PM ET Atlanta New York Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET FC Cincinnati Columbus Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Sunday, 12 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
8:00 PM ET Sporting KC Minnesota Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Real Salt Lake Colorado Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Monday, 13 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
8:00 PM ET Los Angeles FC Houston Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Los Angeles Portland Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
9:00 AM ET Inter Miami CF Chicago Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
8:00 PM ET Philadelphia Nashville SC Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Orlando City SC New York City FC Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
9:00 AM ET Seattle FC Dallas Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
8:00 PM ET Montreal Toronto FC Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Vancouver San Jose Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Thursday, 16 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
9:00 AM ET Atlanta FC Cincinnati Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
8:00 PM ET D.C. New England Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Columbus New York Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Friday, 17 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
8:00 PM ET Sporting KC Colorado Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Real Salt Lake Minnesota Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, 18 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
8:00 PM ET Portland Houston Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Los Angeles FC Los Angeles Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Sunday, 19 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
8:00 PM ET New York City FC Chicago Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Philadelphia Inter Miami CF Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Monday, 20 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
9:00 AM ET Orlando City SC Nashville SC Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
8:00 PM ET FC Dallas San Jose Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Seattle Vancouver Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
9:00 AM ET Toronto FC New England Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
8:00 PM ET Atlanta Columbus Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Montreal D.C. Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Wednesday, 22 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
9:00 AM ET Real Salt Lake Sporting KC Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
8:00 PM ET FC Cincinnati New York Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Colorado Minnesota Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
Thursday, 23 July 2020
Time/Result Home Away Venue
8:00 PM ET Los Angeles Houston Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
10:30 PM ET Los Angeles FC Portland Disney Wide World of Sports Complex

How to watch MLS

Tournament: MLS is Back tournament in Orlando
Channels: ESPN, Fox Sports
Dates: July 8 to August 11