Major League Soccer today announced the 2020 regular season schedule and national broadcast details through the end of September, as well as Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs qualification and competition format.
As with the MLS is Back Tournament and Phase I of return-to-play in local markets, each team will adhere to comprehensive health and safety protocols, including regular testing of players, coaches and essential staff for COVID-19.
From Sept. 18-27, each MLS club will compete in three regular season matches. Minnesota United’s next three games are:
|SAT 9/19||@ Houston Dynamo||7:00 p.m.||Fox Sports North+||SKOR North|
|WED 9/23||@ Columbus Crew||6:30 p.m.||Fox Sports North+||SKOR North|
|SUN 9/27||Real Salt Lake||7:00 p.m.||Fox Sports North||SKOR North|
For the safety of our players, staff and fans, Minnesota United has made the decision to play games behind closed doors for the foreseeable future. We continue to monitor and evaluate the situation with the input of government and health officials. As in Phase I, fans will be able to catch MNUFC games through our partners FOX Sports North and SKOR North or through national broadcasts.
As the league continues to finalize travel protocols, the Canadian teams will play all three of their matches in the U.S., including each club hosting one home match in a U.S. city. The Montreal Impact will host a match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., Toronto FC at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn., and Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
Additional 2020 MLS regular season matches will be announced pending further developments regarding travel protocols.
In addition to announcing regular season match details through September, MLS also today confirmed qualification details and the competition format for the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs.
The Audi MLS Cup Playoffs will again consist of single-elimination matches hosted by the higher-seeded team and follow a straight bracket format through MLS Cup on Dec. 12.
As previously announced, in an expansion of the postseason for 2020, 18 clubs will compete in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. Eight teams from the 12-team Western Conference will qualify directly to Round 1. The top six seeds from the 14-team Eastern Conference will qualify directly to Round 1. Eastern Conference seeds 7-10 will each compete in a play-in match (No. 7 vs. No. 10, and No. 8 vs. No. 9) to determine the two additional Eastern Conference teams that will qualify for the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs Round 1.
The lower-seeded advancing team will face the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed in Round 1, while the higher-seeded advancing team will face the Eastern Conference No. 2 seed.
The Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs schedule and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.
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