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    Default The MLS Is Back !!



    Last edited by Red CB Toronto; 06-10-2020 at 08:25 AM.

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    KEY DATES
    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)

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    TFC will be one of the top seeds, based on the 2019 playoff performance:

    For the MLS is Back Tournament, the 26 MLS teams will be drawn into one of six groups during a live draw that will take place tomorrow, Thursday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. For the remainder of the 2020 MLS season, Nashville SC will be moved to the Eastern Conference. 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 will be given the top seed in Group A, which will be the six-team group, and will play in the first match on July 8. 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.

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    Can't wait to see Achara build on his debut performance, oh wait five months will have passed since then by the time the Reds kickoff. Will be great to see.


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    "Similar to a FIFA World Cup, the tournament will feature a continuous schedule of matches nearly every day with matches kicking off at 9 am, 8 pm and 10:30 pm EDT."

    10:30 PM kickoff for the players will be a new experience as well as the 9 AM starts.

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    To avoid the midday heat. Smart.

    Anyone know how that 6 team group is going to work?

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    Any idea on what happens with season ticket holders money spent for the season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by metaxa View Post
    Any idea on what happens with season ticket holders money spent for the season?
    No word yet but membership twitter account indicated information about something will be out soon - may not be about that.

    If I see anything, I'll post it in the "the season is over" thread as that was started by somebody with this concern.

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    This is.....interesting




    Seems all the old rules are out.

    Win this, we get CCL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    probably private MLSE jet taking off from downsview?

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    Quote Originally Posted by metaxa View Post
    Any idea on what happens with season ticket holders money spent for the season?
    MLSE just sent this out with an email announcing the Florida tournament:

    Please look for a follow-up communication from TFC's ticketing department tomorrow with details relating to your membership as we continue to work through the impact on the 2020 MLS schedule.
    TFC management changes: "like adding a new fish to your aquarium of failure." - Shakes

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    I really don’t understand how that one 6-team group is supposed to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabbronies View Post
    probably private MLSE jet taking off from downsview?
    Essential travel is allowed. Definition includes people connecting, visiting relatives. The strength of the border closing is being overdramatized. There are actually something like 10 flights a day to the US from Toronto.

    I am going to have trouble getting excited about this. But sure, I will watch the TFC games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Auzzy View Post
    I really don’t understand how that one 6-team group is supposed to work.
    I think I saw somewhere that the group with 6 teams will only be playing 3 of the teams in that group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spe18 View Post
    I think I saw somewhere that the group with 6 teams will only be playing 3 of the teams in that group.
    Or maybe 2 teams in the group are seeded, and the other 4 play like 'Wild Card' games first to knock two teams out right away.

    They could be Miami, Nashville, and the 2 worst teams from last year.

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    It's the spot that was suppose to go to the Supporters Shield. The USSF compromised on this, the other three spots are still allocated to US teams.

    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    This is.....interesting




    Seems all the old rules are out.

    Win this, we get CCL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    It's the spot that was suppose to go to the Supporters Shield. The USSF compromised on this, the other three spots are still allocated to US teams.
    No, the Supporters Shield winner still gets that spot. This spot used to go to the regular-season winner of the other conference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auzzy View Post
    No, the Supporters Shield winner still gets that spot. This spot used to go to the regular-season winner of the other conference.
    Ok, thanks for the clarification.

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    There have been rumours since February that CCL is expanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    Essential travel is allowed. Definition includes people connecting, visiting relatives. The strength of the border closing is being overdramatized. There are actually something like 10 flights a day to the US from Toronto.
    Yup - I still still see them taking off from Downsview on a private charter. I don't see MLS having an issue with that.

    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I am going to have trouble getting excited about this. But sure, I will watch the TFC games.
    it'll be interesting for sure. Everyone is kinda like "Meh" right now, but I think the compacted tournament style will help build that excitement up. Maybe by the 3rd game you'll get a better sense of how fun/shitty it is.

    My fear is that if it's too fun - MLS will try and do it more often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    There have been rumours since February that CCL is expanding.
    Why? So we can play more teams from a banana republic?

    So does the winner of the tourney get a star on the jersey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by James17930 View Post
    To avoid the midday heat. Smart.

    Anyone know how that 6 team group is going to work?
    I've been searching for that answer since it was announced. But knowing MLS...they don't know either. :-D

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    Wonder if we will see the five subs for this tournament? Similar to what is currently happening in Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    Wonder if we will see the five subs for this tournament? Similar to what is currently happening in Germany.
    Yup it's mentioned in the announcement. 5 subs. 23 (or 24) players in the gameday lineup (I've seen both #'s mentioned.)

    5 subs is good, especially considering the Florida heat & humidity. (Even in the morning & evenings it will likely be brutal.) But also expecting more time wasting. I wonder if they should limit the number of subs after the 85th minute or something.

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    The broadcast of the draw today at 3:30 PM


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Why? So we can play more teams from a banana republic?
    The US already has enough teams....


    (lots of countries in the Caribbean & Central America have dealt with Covid19 better then us here in Ontario)

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    From what I read and heard earlier in the week they will be allowed the 5 subs but only allowed to stop play 3 times, so they would be required to make multiple subs at the same time. This way they can't go and do 5 individual subs throughout the game

    "Another caveat of using 5 substitutes is that you can’t do them all individually. Teams may only stop the match 3 times for substitutions, which means that to use 5 subs in a match, teams will have to switch multiple people at once to remain within the 3 stoppages allowed for the substitutions. Halftime can also be used for substitutions." (this announcement was from Fifa though)

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    Crystal ball says the east groups are:

    Toronto, Montreal, NER, DCU

    Atlanta, Philly, Chicago, Nashville

    Orlando, NYC, NYRB, Miami, Cinci, Columbus

 

 

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