Orlando City and Inter Miami will be the first MLS teams to return to action when they meet July 8 in the opener of the MLS is Back Tournament.
The entire tournament will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla., with no fans in attendance.
Each of MLS' 26 teams are entered, and will be divided into five four-team groups and one six-team group. Each team will play three group-stage matches that will count toward the regular-season standings. The top two teams from each group and the top four third-place teams will advance to the 16-team playoffs.
Playoff matches won't be included in the season standings, but teams will be chasing pieces of a $1.1 million prize pool for the tournament, and the event's champion will receive a spot in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League.
The schedule for group play was revealed Wednesday, and it includes seven games that the league views as rivalry contests:
--July 8 -- Orlando City vs. Inter Miami, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN, TSN)
--July 11 -- Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m. ET (FOX, TSN)
--July 11 -- FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew, 10:30 p.m. ET (FS1, TSN)
--July 12 -- Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, TSN)
--July 15 -- Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC, 8 p.m. ET (TSN)
--July 18 -- LAFC vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, TSN)
--July 20 -- Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 10:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
Seven group games will start at 9 a.m. ET, all airing on ESPN and TSN:
--July 9 -- New York City vs. Philadelphia Union
--July 14 -- Inter Miami vs. Chicago Fire
--July 15 -- Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas
--July 16 -- Atlanta United vs. FC Cincinnati
--July 20 -- Orlando City vs. Nashville SC
--July 21 -- Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution
--July 22 -- Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City
The remaining games are scheduled for 8 p.m. ET or 10:30 p.m. ET.
The group stage will feature two or three games every day from July 8-23. After one day off, the round-of-16 matches will be played two per day July 25-28. The quarterfinals are scheduled to run July 30-Aug. 1.
The semifinals on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 will be followed by the final on Aug. 11.
All tournament games will be aired by TSN in Canada. Most games will be available in the United States on ESPN, ESPN2, FOX or FS1, though 10 games will be shown only on the Spanish-language channel TUDN. The TUDN games will stream in English on the channel's Twitter account.
Each MLS team had played just two games when the season was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
--Field Level Media