MLS to return with summer tournament after players approve new CBA

Dave Green
NBC Sports Boston

A couple of weeks after the Bundesliga returned to action, the path is now clear for Major League Soccer to do the same.

On Wednesday morning, the MLS Players Association voted to approve a new collective bargaining agreement through 2025. With the vote, MLS - which suspended its season on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic - will hold a summer tournament in the Orlando area.

The Athletic reports that all 26 teams will fly to Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports, the same complex where the NBA is slated to compete this summer, around June 24.

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While exact details of the tournament have not been announced yet, the Washington Post reports that each team will play three group stage matches as part of the regular season before 16 teams advance to the knockout stage, which would not count toward the regular season standings.

The tournament is expected to last six weeks, with the final taking place in August. Players can opt out of the competition if they are granted an exemption due to family or medical reasons.

As for the resumption of the regular season, MLS is reportedly hoping that can take place after the summer tournaments in home markets, though that is dependent on conditions surrounding COVID-19.

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