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MLS to return in July with Disney World tournament

Getty ImagesMajor League Soccer (MLS) has announced plans to return in July with a month-long 'World Cup-style' tournament played entirely at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. All 26 teams in the top-flight US soccer league will play in a cup tournament including a group stage and knockout rounds, with a place in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League, the premier continental club competition, on the line. The tournament will begin on 8th July and conclude with a final on 11th August, with MLS hoping it can then resume the regular season, which was stopped only two weeks in due to the coronavirus pandemic. Points accrued in the tournament’s group stage will count towards the regular season. “We are pleased to team up with Disney to relaunch the 2020 MLS season and get back to playing soccer,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber (pictured). Don Garber: ‘MLS facing US$1bn revenue loss’“The opportunity to have all 26 clubs in a controlled environment enables us to help protect the health of our players, coaches and staff as we return to play.

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