Soccer is back: All 26 MLS teams to restart 2020 season in July

Soccer is back: All 26 MLS teams to restart 2020 season in July

ORLANDO, Fla. — Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday the league’s plan to restart the 2020 season in July.

The league suspended play on March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak after its teams had played just two games.

MLS said the season will restart with all 26 teams, including the Seattle Sounders, competing in the MLS is Back Tournament at Walt Disney World in Florida beginning July 8.

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The teams will be divided into six groups for the opening round of the tournament played without fans in attendance.

The tournament will feature daily matches, just like the World Cup.

Each team will play group stage matches. Sixteen teams will advance to the knockout round.

All of that builds to a tournament championship on August 11.

After the tournament, the regular season is set to continue as normal.

A drawing for the tournament is set for Thursday at noon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.