MLS is Back Tournament 2020: Your Guide to the Event

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After months and months of pause, Major League Soccer is announcing its comeback. The second week of July 2020, or to be precise 8th of July is the big date for the MLS is Back tournament. The pre-season tournament will start off in Orlando and once it ends the MLS fans could expect the beginning of a regular season. Find more details and facts about the tournament, key dates, and MLS betting in this guide.

MLS is Back Tournament

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The new tournament will be played by six groups of the MLS league. This year’s season will kick off with this tournament after months of delay. The group stage will last 16 days, over which 10 out of 26 teams will be eliminated. Then follows the round of 16 and quarterfinals. Lastly, the semifinal and final match will bring a champion of this tournament. The team who ultimately wins this MLS tournament will get a chance to compete in CONCACAF Champion League.

Quick Facts

The tournament is just around the corner, and there is plenty of time to get all the information and learn more about it. Here are some quick facts related to this 2020 MLS tournaments:

  • The tournament will have 54 matches in 26 matchdays in total
  • There will be 26 teams playing in 6 groups
  • All matches will be played in Orlando
  • After the group stage knockout rounds will follow
  • It will last from July 8th up until August 11th when the champion will be announced
  • The tournament will have Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals

Key Dates

If you want to get ready for the MLS betting adventure of 2020 you can start by browsing the tournament schedule. To be precise, you can find all the important sports event dates listed below:

  • The 24 teams are divided into 6 groups on June 11th
  • The teams will arrive in Orlando, Florida on June 24th
  • Round of 15 or the knockout phase will start on July 25th and it will last until July 28th
  • The group matchups will begin on July 8th 
  • Quarterfinals will start on July 30th and last up until August 1st
  • Semifinals will be held on August 5th and 6th
  • The finals game will be played on August 11th

How will the MLS is Back Tournament work?

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The MLS is Back Tournament 2020 has a great schedule that will entertain the spectators almost every day. Moreover, the audience will be able to stream the events scheduled from 9 am, 8 pm, and 10:30 pm EST. So, after a busy day at work, all the MLS fans will be able to watch the games in the evening.

As far as some general tournament rules are concerned, clubs will be able to make five substitutions in one match. On the other hand, the teams will have to decide on a maximum of three occasions to make substitutions throughout the tournament. Another tournament rule is that the teams could name a matchday roster with 23 players. 

The Professional Referees Organization is entitled to supervise the video review for all matches. Finally, delays and postponements at any group stage will be finals after the 60th minute in case the final decision is that the match absolutely needs to be stopped.

Group Stage

The group stage will include all 26 teams in six groups, including the Western and Eastern Conference. Furthermore, the first one will have three groups and each of them will have four teams. Moving on to the Western Conference, it will consist of three groups with six teams and two groups with four teams. 

In the group stage period, each of the mentioned teams will play three matches. This stage of the tournament will last for 16 days in a row. Following the Group stage is the Knockout Stage, where the best two teams from each group and four top third-place teams will play. In case of a tie in this stage of the tournament, normal tie-breaking procedures will be applied.

Group Stage Tournament Draw

The group stage tournament draw will start on June 11th. Some of the known facts are that Nashville SC will be in the Eastern Conference throughout the whole 2020 MLS season. In addition, the host teams will be Orlando City SC and along with four semifinalists from the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, they will be group seeds. 

Seattle Sounders FC, Atlanta United, Toronto FC, and Los Angeles Football Club will be group seeds together with Real Salt Lake, while Orlando City SC will be the top seed.

Knockout Stage

After the group stage, the Knockout stage will follow starting with the Round of 16. Additionally, if there are ties in this stage it will be settled through a penalty kick shootout. The discipline penalties from the group stage won’t count in this stage, with the exception of red cards and second yellow cards. 

What is at Stake?

So, how important will this tournament be for the rest of the MLS 2020 season? First of all, all the group stage matches will count as regular-season points. As already mentioned, the champions will have a unique opportunity to win the CONCACAF Champions League spot for 2021. Finally, the tournament winning team will get a $1.1 million prize. This will allows players, coaches, and team staff to earn additional bonuses. 

Betting on the Games

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Once the precise schedule for the MLS is Back is established the sportsbooks will be able to add bets for this tournament, too. If you want to try MLS soccer betting, make sure to find a legit sportsbook with good odds. Now that sports events are finally coming back after a long pause, you can opt for betting on this MLS tournament. Of course, you will be able to decide on pre-match MLS betting or live betting to support your favorite MLS team. 

What Happens after the MLS is Back Tournament?

This tournament is a great way of introducing the regular MLS season. When the MLS is Back ends, the regular season with a revised schedule will commence. Afterward, the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs will take place as well as the 25th MLS Cup. 

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