FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Major League Soccer today announced the full broadcast schedule for all 54 matches of the MLS is Back Tournament, which kicks off on July 8 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. on July 8. The Revolution, drawn into Group C, will play the Montreal Impact on July 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET (TUDN / Twitter / 98.5 The Sports Hub), D.C. United on July 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET (FS1 / TUDN / 98.5 The Sports Hub), and Toronto FC on July 21 at 9:00 a.m. ET (ESPN / ESPN Deportes / 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2). Click here to view the complete MLS is Back Tournament schedule, and for all information on the competition, visit MLSsoccer.com.
|New England Revolution: MLS is Back Tournament Group Stage Schedule|
ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, Fla.)
Thursday, July 9
8:00 p.m. ET
TUDN / Twitter / 98.5 The Sports Hub
Thursday, July 16
8:00 p.m. ET
FS1 / TUDN / 98.5 The Sports Hub
Tuesday, July 21
9:00 a.m. ET
ESPN / ESPN Deportes /
When New England officially returns to play on Thursday, July 9 against Montreal, it will mark the sides’ second meeting of 2020. The Revolution visited the Impact in the 2020 MLS season opener – one of two matches the club played prior to the suspension of play – on Feb. 29, with Montreal securing a 2-1 win. All-time, the Revs are 9-9-3 against the Impact, including a 0-1-1 mark last season.
The Revolution resume play one week later against I-95 rival D.C. United on Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET. New England is 27-34-14 against D.C. all time, including a pair of draws in the 2019 regular season. The club wraps up group play against Toronto FC, the reigning Eastern Conference Champions, with a 9:00 a.m. ET kickoff on Tuesday, July 21. New England owns a 10-9-9 all-time record against the Reds, including a 0-1-1 mark last season.
Each team will play three group stage matches, and those results will count in the 2020 MLS regular season standings. After 16 consecutive days of group stage matches, the top three teams in the six-team Group A, the top two teams from each of the other five groups, and the next three highest-ranked teams in the group stage will move on to the knockout rounds. The knockout rounds will include a Round-of-16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and the Championship match will take place on August 11. Matches tied at the end of regulation in the knockout phase will proceed directly to a penalty kick shootout. Click here for the MLS is Back Tournament Competition Guidelines.
MLS worked with U.S. Soccer, Canada Soccer and Concacaf to institute a one-time change to MLS berths to the annual Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. The MLS is Back Tournament winner will earn a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, regardless of whether it is a U.S. or Canadian club. The winner would replace the berth previously awarded to the MLS regular season points leader in the conference opposite of the 2020 Supporters’ Shield winner.
In addition to matches that count in the regular-season standings and the Champions League berth, players will have the opportunity to earn additional bonuses as part of a $1.1 million prize pool.
MLS is Back Tournament Schedule Quick Facts
16 Consecutive Match Dates: The Group Stage presented by Heineken will consist of 16 days of consecutive match dates followed by the Knockout Stage presented by Audi.
Rest & Recovery: All clubs will have at least four full days between matches.
Soccer Mornings: Seven matches will take place at 9 a.m. ET, all of which will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes in the U.S. and on TSN in Canada. Clubs will participate in no more than one morning match during the tournament. The first morning match is July 9 when New York City FC take on Philadelphia Union.
FOX Broadcast Network to Showcase Atlanta United vs. Red Bulls: On July 11, Atlanta United will return to action against the New York Red Bulls live on the FOX Broadcast Network, TUDN, and TSN. The match will be followed by the Hell is Real rivalry match at 10:30 p.m. ET on FS1, TUDN and TSN.
Reigning MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC Return to Action: The reigning MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC return to action looking to defend their title on July 10 against MLS’ all-time leading goalscorer, Chris Wondolowski, and the San Jose Earthquakes (ESPN/ESPN Deportes/TSN, 10:30 p.m. ET)
El Trafico in Orlando: The El Trafico rivalry match between Los Angeles Football Club and the LA Galaxy will take place on July 18 (ESPN/ESPN Deportes/TSN, 10:30 p.m. ET) as each club’s second match in the Group Stage presented by Heineken.
Hell is Real Rivalry Match on July 11:FC Cincinnati will face Columbus Crew SC on July 11 at 10:30 p.m. ET live on FS1, TUDN and TSN.
Canadian Rivals Face-off on July 15: Montreal Impact head coach Thierry Henry will get his first taste of the heated Canadian rivalry versus Toronto FC on July 15 (8 p.m. ET), live on TSN and TVA Sports in Canada and TUDN in the U.S.
Group Stage presented by Heineken Grand Finale: Group play closes out on July 23 as the Houston Dynamo take on Chicharito and the LA Galaxy on FS1, TUDN and TSN (8 p.m. ET) followed by LAFC facing the Portland Timbers on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes in the U.S., TSN in Canada (10:30 p.m. ET).
TSN to Air Them All: TSN will be airing all 54 games of the MLS is Back Tournament in Canada.