It’s official, and it’s called the “MLS is Back Tournament”. It will be held July 8 to August 11 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and here’s the structure:
- All 26 MLS clubs participating; all matches in Orlando
- Group stage followed by knockout rounds
- Group stage counts toward regular season
- Winner earns 2021 Concacaf Champions League spot
- Pre-tournament draw to assign groups
- Regular season continues after tournament
More details in MLS’ “Essential Guide”.