MLS is Back, Tournament Group Draw Today


  • 3:30 p.m. ET: Draw to be streamed live on MLSsoccer.comFacebook,TwitterYouTube
  • Inter Miami CF to join Orlando City SC in Group A; Florida foes to kick off the MLS is Back Tournament
  • Representatives from each of the six top-seeded teams to participate in draw to determine tournament groups

NEW YORK (Thursday, June 11, 2020) – Major League Soccer will today hold a live draw to determine the group assignments for each of the 26 teams in advance of the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex beginning July 8. The tournament schedule, including specific matchup dates and full broadcast details, will be announced at a later date.

The draw will be streamed live at 3:30 p.m. ET on, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and representatives from each of the six top-seeded teams will participate in the draw to determine the  tournament groups.

The 26 MLS teams will be drawn into one of six groups. The Eastern Conference will have three groups, one consisting of six teams and two consisting of four teams each. The Western Conference will have three groups, each consisting of four teams.

As the host club, Orlando City SC has been placed as the top seed in Group A, which will be the six-team group, In addition, Inter Miami CF will join Orlando in Group A.  As part of Major League Soccer’s decision to restart the season in the state of Florida, the inaugural match between Orlando City SC and Inter Miami CF will kick off the tournament.

The following three matchups will be set for the six teams drawn in Group A:

Seed Club Opponents
A1 Orlando City SC A2 A3 A6
A2 Inter Miami CF A1 A4 A5
A3 Determined via Draw A1 A4 A5
A4 Determined via Draw A2 A3 A6
A5 Determined via Draw A2 A3 A6
A6 Determined via Draw A1 A4 A5

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The five remaining seeds will consist of the four semifinalists from the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs – Atlanta United, Los Angeles Football Club, Seattle Sounders FC, Toronto FC – and Real Salt Lake (the team with the next highest points total in the Western Conference from the 2019 season).  The seeded teams will be drawn into their respective groups first and then the remaining 20 clubs will be drawn and distributed across the conference-based groups.


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 two teams from each group along with the four best third-place finishers will move on to the knockout stage. The knockout stage 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.


June 11: MLS is Back Tournament Draw (, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube – 3:30 p.m. ET)

June 24: Teams begin arriving in Florida

July 8: MLS is Back Tournament group stage begins

July 25-28: Round-of-16

July 30- Aug. 1: Quarterfinals

August 5-6: Semifinals

August 11: MLS is Back Tournament Final

MLS IS BACK TOURNAMENT – July 8 – August 11

Number of Matches:   54 (39 group; 15 knockout)

No. of matchdays:      26

Format:      Group Stage, followed by Round-of-16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Championship match

Minimum Matches:   3 (per club)

Maximum Matches:  7 (per club)

Media Resources

MLS Communications will be offering assets and information via the MLS Media Resource Site throughout the MLS is Back Tournament.

Due to health and safety regulations, a limited number of media members will be accredited to attend each game. For more information about how to cover the MLS is Back Tournament in person and to apply for a media credential, please click HERE. Without exception, the deadline to apply for credentials is June 16 at noon ET.