How to watch the MLS is Back Tournament online from anywhere
The Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A seasons have resumed and soccer in the U.S. has now returned with a new approach. We've got all of the details about the teams involved, schedules, and how to watch the MLS is Back Tournament from anywhere in the world below.
Major League Soccer kicked off in late February, though the season was curtailed by the second week in March due to the global pandemic. Given the original MLS season was set to run until October, it was unclear how, when, or even if the season would be completed. Those questions were answered with the announcement of the one-off MLS is Back Tournament and the action kicked off on July 8.
Keep reading for all of the details you need to know about MLS is Back as well as advice on how to stream the games online.
What is the MLS is Back Tournament?
MLS is Back is basically a way to condense much of the 2020 MLS season into a one-month tournament. The cup-style competition is being held in Orlando, Florida, with strict health and safety precautions in place.
All 26 MLS teams were set to compete in the tournament, though FC Dallas and Nashville SC have both been withdrawn from the tournament due to positive COVID-19 tests. The other teams have been divided into three Eastern Conference groups and three Western Conference groups with the top two teams from each group, plus the four best third-placed teams, progressing to the knockout rounds. The original groupings have been reformatted following the removal of FC Dallas and Nashville SC, leaving six groups of four teams as below.
Real Salt Lake
Los Angelese FC
New England Revolution
Sporting Kansas City
New York City FC
New York Red Bulls
San Jose Earthquakes
Group matches will contribute to regular season standings and the overall winner of MLS is Back will gain a CONCACAF Champions League berth as well as over $1 million in prize money.
After the tournament is wrapped up, the regular MLS season will continue with a full schedule set to be devised later, followed by the playoffs and the 25th MLS Cup.
How to watch the MLS is Back Tournament from outside your country
We have details of all the US, UK, Australian and Canadian broadcasters of this tournament further down in this guide. If you're intent on watching MLS games, but find yourself away from...