MLS will have a World Cup style tournament

By Edwin on June 10, 2020
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 07: The San Jose Earthquakes starting lineup pose for this photo prior to the start of an MLS Soccer game against the Minnesota United FC at Earthquakes Stadium on March 07, 2020 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Major League Soccer announced today its plan to restart the 2020 season on July 8. Instead of a traditional MLS season, a cup style tournament like the World Cup will be in place.

All 26 teams will be invited to Orlando, Florida and play their games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World. The tournament will be held with strict health and safety measures.

All teams will be divided amongst their respective Eastern and Western Conference. There will be three groups of four, except for the Eastern Conference where one group will have six teams. A draw for the tournament will take place on Thursday, June 11 to determine the placing of the 26 teams into six groups. The top two teams will advance to the knockout stage along with the four best 3rd place teams, all determined by point totals and goal differential in the case of a tie. All culminating to the MLS Cup Final on August 11.

Hopefully the Earthquakes can make it far in this tournament and add a third star to their badge. They have one of the best coaches in the league with Matías Almeyda.

As of now all major spring sports in the USA have announced a planned restart. The MLB is the only league to not have a restart date set.