Frisco, TX (June 11, 2020) – FC Dallas will play Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and San Jose Earthquakes in Group B of the MLS is Back Tournament that will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida beginning July 8. The tournament schedule, including specific matchup dates and full broadcast details, will be announced at a later date.
FC Dallas enters the tournament with a 1-0-1 record after defeating the Philadelphia Union, 2-0, in the season opener on Feb. 29 and drawing, 2-2, against the Impact on March 7.
Clubs will begin arriving in Florida on June 24 for preseason training. Clubs that can conduct full team training in their markets pursuant to the league’s medical and testing protocols must arrive no later than seven days before their first match.
Similar to a FIFA World Cup format, matches will be featured for 16 consecutive days from July 8-24 with games played at 8 AM, 7 PM and 9:30 PM CT. The top two teams from each group along with the best third-place finishers will move on to the knockout stage that includes a Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and the Championship match. Any match that is tied at the end of regulation during the knockout phase will proceed directly to a penalty kick shootout.
The group stage matches will count towards the 2020 MLS regular season standings with the winner of the MLS is Back Tournament earning a 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League berth. Players will also have the opportunity to earn additional bonuses as part of a $1.1 million prize pool.
MLS is Back Tournament Key Dates
- June 24: Teams begin arriving in Florida
- July 8: MLS is Back Tournament group stage begins
- July 25-28: Round of 16
- July 30- Aug. 1: Quarterfinals
- August 5-6: Semifinals
- August 11: MLS is Back Tournament Final
MLS is Back Tournament Details
- Number of Matches: 54 (39 group; 15 knockout)
- No. of matchdays: 26
- Format: Group Stage, followed by Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Championship match
- Minimum Matches: 3 (per club)
- Maximum Matches: 7 (per club)