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    Tune-in info, schedule and who’s playing — everything you need to know

    Major League Soccer is nearly back, with the aptly named MLS is Back Tournament kicking off July 8 in Florida. After the league suspended play on March 12 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the regular season will resume in a tournament format at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort, just outside Orlando. (ESPN is owned by The Walt Disney Company.)

    All 26 clubs will take part, as the league breaks them up into five groups of four and one group of six.The top two in each group, and the four best third-place finishers, will advance to the round of 16 en route to the final taking place on Aug. 11.

    How does MLS is Back work?

    In the group stage, the MLS is Back Tournament works just the same as the regular season. Results from each team’s three matches will count toward the 2020 standings.

    Those who advance from their groups will move into the knockout rounds. These matches will not count toward regular-season points totals, but the tournament’s winner will earn a place in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League. Players also will be eligible for bonuses from a $1.1 million prize pool.

    MLS is hoping that by the time the tournament ends on Aug. 11, restrictions around the country will have loosened up enough that games can be held in a team’s home stadium. Those games are likely to happen without fans, although there is hope that if the situation improves enough, fans might be able to attend games before the season is done.

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    How often will there be testing?

    All individuals deemed “essential members” of a team’s delegation will be tested both before and after traveling to Orlando. Prior to travel, these tests include two Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests 24 hours apart. Players will also undergo a baseline serology (antibody) test as part of a physical exam that also includes a temperature check and the completion of a screening questionnaire.

    Players, coaches and support staff will be tested every other day for two weeks after arriving in Florida. Those individuals, as well as referees, will then be tested regularly, including prior to each matchday.

    MLS is Back groups

    Group A (Eastern Conference)
    1. Orlando City SC
    2. Inter Miami CF
    3. New York City FC
    4. Philadelphia Union
    5. Chicago Fire FC
    6. Nashville SC

    Group B (Western Conference)
    1. Seattle Sounders FC
    2. FC Dallas
    3. Vancouver Whitecaps
    4. San Jose Earthquakes

    Group C (Eastern Conference)
    1. Toronto FC
    2. New England Revolution
    3. Montreal Impact
    4. D.C. United

    Group D (Western Conference)
    1. Real Salt Lake
    2. Sporting Kansas City
    3. Colorado Rapids
    4. Minnesota United FC

    Group E (Eastern Conference)
    1. Atlanta United FC
    2. FC Cincinnati
    3. New York Red Bulls
    4. Columbus Crew SC

    Group F (Western Conference)
    1. LAFC
    2. LA Galaxy
    3. Houston Dynamo
    4. Portland Timbers

    MLS is Back schedule and tune-in info

    Wednesday, July 8
    Orlando City SC vs. Inter Miami CF, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    Nashville SC vs. Chicago Fire FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes

    Thursday, July 9
    New York City FC vs. Philadelpia Union, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution, 8 p.m. ET, TUDN
    FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, TUDN

    Friday, July 10
    Toronto FC vs. D.C. United, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    Seattle Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes

    Saturday, July 11
    Atlanta United FC vs. New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m. ET, Fox/TUDN
    FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew SC, 10:30 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN

    Sunday, July 12
    Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United FC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes

    Monday, July 13
    LAFC vs. Houston Dynamo, 8 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN
    LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers, 10:30 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN

    Tuesday, July 14
    Inter Miami CF vs. Chicago Fire FC, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    Philadelphia Union vs. Nashville SC, 8 p.m. ET, TUDN
    Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, TUDN

    Wednesday, July 15
    Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC, 8 p.m. ET, TUDN
    Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 10:30 p.m. ET, TUDN

    Thursday, July 16
    Atlanta United FC vs. FC Cincinnati, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    D.C. United vs. New England Revolution, 8 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN
    Columbus Crew SC vs. New York Red Bulls, 10:30 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN

    Friday, July 17
    Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    Real Salt Lake vs. Minnesota United FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes

    Saturday, July 18
    Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
    LAFC vs. LA Galaxy, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes

    Sunday, July 19
    New York City FC v. Chicago Fire FC, 8 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN
    Philadelphia Union vs. Inter Miami CF, 10:30 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN

    Monday, July 20
    Orlando City SC vs. Nashville SC, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8 p.m. ET, TUDN
    Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, TUDN

    Tuesday, July 21
    Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    Atlanta United FC vs. Columbus Crew SC, 8 p.m. ET, TUDN
    Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United, 10:30 p.m. ET, TUDN

    Wednesday, July 22
    Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    FC Cincinnati vs. New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes

    Thursday, July 23
    LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo, 8 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN
    LAFC vs. Portland Timbers, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN Deportes

    Saturday, July 25
    TBD round-of-16 match, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
    TBD round-of-16 match, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN Deportes

    Sunday, July 26
    TBD round-of-16 match, 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1
    TBD round-of-16 match, 11 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN

    Monday, July 27
    TBD round-of-16 match, 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1
    TBD round-of-16 match, 11 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN

    Tuesday, July 28 TBD round-of-16 match, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes
    TBD round-of-16 match, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes

    Thursday, July 30
    TBD quarterfinal, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes

    Friday, July 31
    TBD quarterfinal, 8 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN

    Saturday, August 1
    TBD quarterfinal, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
    TBD quarterfinal, 10:30 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN

    Wednesday, August 5
    TBD semifinal, 8 p.m. ET, FS1/TUDN

    Thursday, August 6
    TBD semifinal, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN Deportes

    Tuesday, August 11
    TBD final, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes

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