Walt Disney World to Host Major League Soccer Tournament Starting July 8
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World will be hosting Major League Soccer as it resumes its 25th season with the MLS is Back Tournament from July 8 to August 11. The tournament will include all 26 MLS clubs competing in a continuous schedule of 54 total matches that will take place nearly every day.
The matches will count for the 2020 MLS regular season standings, and the tournament winner will also earn a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
"We are pleased to team up with Disney to relaunch the 2020 MLS season and get back to playing soccer," MLS commissioner Don Garber told ESPN. "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."
Unfortunately, the event will be held without spectators in attendance. An increased emphasis on the health and safety of all players, coaches, staff, crew, and cast members will be implements and MLS players and staff will follow specific medical protocols, including regular testing, throughout the tournament.
For more information about the MLS is Back Tournament, including the detailed competition format and information about the live draw taking place tomorrow, June 11, visit www.mlssoccer.com.
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