The campaign was halted after just a couple of games due to the coronavirus pandemic in March and it was thereafter decided that a mini tournament would be held in the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
Initially, it was planned to be a 26-team tournament starting from July 8, but the clubs were cut down to 24 after FC Dallas and Nashville SC were unable to participate due to multiple coronavirus cases within their squads.
After five long weeks, hosts Orlando City are scheduled to face Portland Timbers in the final on August 11 and within the next 24 hours, the regular season is set to recommence.
The three group stage games during the tournament are considered as a part of the regular campaign. All teams are expected to play 23 matches during the league phase.
Hence, there are 18 games left for the majority of the teams, barring Nashville and Dallas, who have taken no part in the one-off event in Orlando.
In order to compensate, the duo are set to face each other on three occasions. They will initially restart the league season at the Toyota Stadium in Texas on August 12 before playing at the same location four days later.
The third meeting between the clubs will be scheduled during the remainder of the 2020 regular campaign. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the current MLS season will be the first , where each team does not play every other club at least once.
Major League Soccer have revealed that the first phase between August 12 and September 14 will involve six matches – three home and three away, which will be played against regional opponents.
The regular campaign is set to conclude on November 8. The MLS Cup play-offs will be contested from November 20 with the final scheduled for December 12. Compared to the previous season, the playoff field has been expanded from 14 to 18 teams.
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