Soccer enthusiasts throughout North America were excited to learn on June 10th that MLS is returning by early July. Their return will be managed at the ESPN Sporting Centre at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The announcement came after extensive delegations between MLS Corporate & Disney closed, with both reaching a formal agreement. This upcoming venue is named the “MLS is Back Tournament” and will comprise all 26 teams in this soccer league.
Six groups are being maintained for this specially formatted tournament, with the two highest-scoring outfits obtaining permittance into the playoff round. Whichever team holds a victory over this competition will receive $1.1 Million, while also maintaining an immediate placement into the next CONCACAF Champions League. It should be noted that all points acquired during this tournament are ported over to the regular season, which is slated to return weeks after the MLS is Back Tournament concludes.
Grey Vanney Discusses TFCs Position
The Head Coach for the Toronto Football Club, Greg Vanney, provided his insight onto the upcoming tournament. It was first expressed that all members with the TFC are excited to compete again, with coaching stall being aware of the challenges that wait for them by July 8th. Greg Vanney clarified that the MLS is Back Tournament holds substantial value for the regular season, that this competition makes the best of a horrendous situation. The TFC Head Coach finished his sentiments by noting there isn’t any better way to start operations than competing against the Montreal Impact.
TFC Players are engaged in their training camp, with extensive drilled maintained for prolonged periods in comparison to standard preparation. This shows that coaching staff in Toronto & elsewhere throughout MLS are concerned about their delayed start to the season. Similar levels of training have been seen with all sporting leagues slated to resume this summer, with their athletes not being inactive for such a long period.
It should be mentioned that TFC was purposely selected into the highest-grade grouping in the MLS if Back Tournament. All their competitors were Semi-Finalists during the 2019 Season, with all four having previously acquired an MLS Championship.